Green Bay Packers safety [intlink id=”162″ type=”category”]Nick Collins[/intlink] underwent neck surgery this week and the prognosis for continuing his playing career is cloudy, at best.
Collins, who was hurt against the [intlink id=”249″ type=”category”]Carolina Panthers[/intlink], had a vertebrae fused. It will take six months to before doctors can determine if Collins can resume his playing career.
“He felt good about everything,” Collins’ agent Alan Herman said. “He felt it went well. The point that was made was the you don’t know until six months down the road. You see how the healing process goes.
“You can’t gauge what will happen, whether there will be any narrowing with the (spinal) canal or remaining tissue. That will be the determining factor as far as his career. It’s all based on the healing process.”
One thing is for sure — Collins wants to continue playing football.
He wouldn’t have needed the surgery if he planned on retiring. However, there’s no chance he could play again without it.
[intlink id=”196″ type=”category”]Indianapolis Colts[/intlink] quarterback Peyton Manning had the same surgery prior to the season. He isn’t expected to be able to play again until December at the earliest.
I know a lot of WWE wrestles have had the surgery as well and continued with a career hopefully the same can happen with Collins!
Science and medicine in the U.S. are amazing – for those that can afford it.
Very sad. Hopefully it is not career ending. Collins is an amazing player!
Sad news! I hope everything is ok. A neck injury for a defensive player who hits/gets hit EVERY snap is a scary thing. Wasn’t it a similar injury that ended Sharpe’s career?
Best of luck to Nick’s recovery.