Nick Collins

This might hurt a little,

After last season you had to figure it was only a matter of time before the Green Bay Packers started piling up guys on injured reserve again.

Safety [intlink id=”162″ type=”category”]Nick Collins[/intlink] will be the first casualty this season.

The team announced Collins will be lost for the rest of the season because of a neck injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Packers victory over the [intlink id=”249″ type=”category”]Carolina Panthers[/intlink].

Collins was removed from the field on a stretcher after his helmet hit Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart’s leg awkwardly. Collins spent the night in a Charlotte hospital and arrived back in Green Bay today.

The team announced he had feeling and movement in his extremities last night, but the news wasn’t so good today.

“It’s tough. It’s something you never get used to it as a coach,” coach Mike McCarthy said.

[intlink id=”525″ type=”category”]Charlie Peprah[/intlink] seems like the obvious replacement for Collins in the starting lineup. Although he’s a free safety, he has starting experience.

The only other reserve safety is undrafted rookie M.D. Jennings. [intlink id=”88″ type=”category”]Jarrett Bush[/intlink] also has some experience at safety.