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Nick Collins Packers Career Is Over

Nick Collins

We knew there was a possibility this would happen, but we didn’t see it happening like this. The Green Bay Packers have told safety Nick Collins they’ll release him.

Collins had spinal fusion surgery after he ruptured a disk in his neck during week two of the 2011 season.

Although he clearly wants to play, Collins hasn’t received clearance to do so from all the doctors he’s spoken to. Apparently, the Packers see his return as too big of a risk to his health and word is they wanted a consensus among all the doctors involved that Collins is fit to play.

The biggest surprise is the team didn’t wait until all the opinions were in before making the move.

If Collins is deemed fit to play and decides to return to the game, the three-time Pro Bowler will be free to sign with any team he chooses. Several players have successfully returned from spinal fusion surgery and Collins appears to have a decent shot of being the latest to do so.

He just won’t be doing it with the Packers.

Collins played seven seasons for the Packers, had 417 tackles, 21 interceptions, six forced fumbles and four touchdowns.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. PackMatt April 25, 2012


  2. Denny April 25, 2012

    Moral compass North. Defensive compass south. And we got nothing for him. Hey, Stephen Jackson is available!

  3. peter April 25, 2012

    Sad to see it happen but it’s a classy move by the Pack and TT. They are looking out for him and I think they know more than they are letting on. I’m sure some of those doctors said he should not play.

    Just hope Nick the best. In the past 3 days we have lost 2 of the major reasons we won the super bowl, they are going to be though to replace.

  4. AZPack April 25, 2012

    Nick the Pick 36… We will miss you brother!

  5. PackerBob April 25, 2012

    I wish the guy a successful career wherever, and if, he plays somewhere else. It will be interesting to see if he does and how his career will go. What will that say about the Packers, and the team that signs him?

  6. Cuban April 25, 2012

    It will say that the packers actually cared bout his health and well-being, and the other team only cares wut he could bring to the field

  7. Doug April 25, 2012

    Sad to see Nick go, but wish him the best. He was a great Packer and his pick six in the Super Bowl a few years ago is a play that will go down in Packers history.

  8. Ryan April 25, 2012

    One of my proudest days of being of Packers fan. Hard, but correct decision. The Pack makes the right move. What’s new?

    1. Ryan April 25, 2012

      For the record, also a hard/emotional day. I love Nick. I was there when he got hurt in Carolina. It was AWFUL. My best to him.

  9. Vijay April 25, 2012

    Will miss Nick greatly. Such a class act and awesome player. Wish him well in future and I think the Packer HOF has a spot for him.

    Asante Samuel traded to Falcons for a 7th round pick today…A 7TH ROUND PICK!?!? C’mon Teddy!

    1. kate's dad April 25, 2012

      his salary is greater than clifton and collins combined. not worth the money he is being paid. the eagles gave him away to get rid of his salary.

  10. iltarion April 26, 2012

    Sad news about Collins, though no surprise. Unfortunately this means the Packers will need to pick a safety early in the draft.

    If Collins got even one suggestion to retire from the doctors, then it would be shocking if he kept playing. One should be enough.

    Samuel has played for the Eagles the past two seasons, and they decided he was worth a 7th round pick. What does that tell you?