Packers safety Nick Collins won’t know if he’ll be able to continue his playing career for several months, but the three-time Pro Bowler is prepared to accept whatever determination his doctors make, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Collins underwent neck fusion surgery to repair a bulging disc in September after injuring his neck in a Week 2 win over the Carolina Panthers.
“I’m thankful for the Packers for giving me an opportunity to play this game I love so much,” Collins said. “Hopefully, things work out, and I’ll be back for next season. At the same time, if the doctors tell me I can’t play, that’s what it is. Right now, we’re very upbeat and feel we have a great chance of coming back.”
A 2005 second-round pick out of Bethune-Cookman, Collins has started all 95 games of his NFL career, including 55 straight which, prior to his injury, had led active NFL safeties. Over the last three seasons, Collins has emerged as one of the league’s top ball-hawks, snaring 17 interceptions and breaking up 41 passes. Collins was signed a three-year, $22.8 million extension prior to the 2010 season.