Packers safety Nick Collins is out for the season with a neck injury according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Collins, who returned to Green Bay at 1 p.m., was evaluated last night in a Charlotte hospital and it was determined he should not play the rest of the season. A course of treatment, including whether to have surgery, is still being evaluated.
“Nick was in the team meeting,” McCarthy said. “He told the team about it.”
Asked if there were any career-ending implications, McCarthy said, “They’re not far along in the evaluation process to make statements like that.”
The three-time Pro Bowl and All Pro selection was drafted in the second round from Bethune-Cookman in 2005.
Collins had started all 95 games of his NFL career, including 55 straight which led active NFL safeties.
Charlie Peprah, a six-year pro from Alabama, will replace Collins at free safety for the Packers.
The other starting safety, second-year man Morgan Burnett, generated seven solo tackles, one interception, a forced fumble, and two pass deflections on Sunday in Carolina.