Green Bay, WI (Sports Network) - Unable to clear him to play again following a
neck injury last season, the Green Bay Packers released former Pro Bowl safety
Packers general manager Ted Thompson made the announcement Wednesday, calling
it a difficult decision to cut a player seen as part of the family.
Collins injured his neck in the second game of the season and was placed on
"From the beginning of this process, we have taken our time and sought
numerous medical opinions while maintaining consistent dialogue with Nick,"
Thompson said in a statement. "In the end, we were not comfortable clearing
him to play again. As with all of our players, Nick is a member of our family
and we thought of him that way as we came to this conclusion.
"Nick is a part of our core, and this is a very difficult day for all Packers.
Making this kind of decision is never easy, especially when it involves
someone like Nick Collins. He has meant so much to the community, his
teammates and the organization. He is a good man and will always be part of
the Packers family."
Collins, 28, has played all seven of his NFL seasons for the Packers since
they took him in the second round of the 2005 draft, racking up 417 tackles
and 21 interceptions, including four he returned for touchdowns.
In 2008, he set a Packers record with 295 interception return yards and became
the first NFL safety since 1986 to return three picks for touchdowns in one
Collins had a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown in Green Bay's Super
Bowl XLV win over Pittsburgh.
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