NFL.com reports that the Pack are going to release 7-year veteran safety Nick Collins. His neck injury is just not well enough in the teams eyes to allow him to keep playing.
Packers safety Nick Collins’ seven-year tenure with the team is over.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that the team will release Collins because they are not comfortable with him playing again after neck surgery.
Collins has reportedly been waiting to hear from doctors to find out whether he will be cleared to play again after recurring neck injuries. Either those reports came back with bad news or the Packers already made their own conclusions that it’s not safe for Collins to play again.
It wasn’t so long ago that the three-time Pro Bowler was returning an interception for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. We hope that Collins can play again, but we hope even more that he doesn’t do anything to jeopardize his long-term health.
The news is a reminder that an NFL career can turn or end at almost any moment. Collins had 21 career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns in 2008.