All Nick Collins can do now is wait. The Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl safety was back at his Florida home today having gone through a battery of tests in New York this week. By Monday, he’s expected to get a recommendation from Dr. Frank Cammisa, the surgeon who performed the single fusion surgery on Collins’ neck back in September, when he sustained the career-threatening herniated disc. “I think by Monday we’ll know something,” Collins agent, Alan Herman, said today. “I assume we’ll know something by Monday.” Herman said Collins feels fine but knows his career hinges on what the tests show. “You can feel great, but when you take a look at these MRIs there are things that (could) pop up and that are sometimes cause for concern,” Herman said. “You may be able to do what everybody else does, but can you go out and play football based on what the MRI looks like in terms of the residual damage with these injuries? That’s what it comes down to. “If you ask him how he feels, he’ll tell you he can go out and play football, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that his body can withstand the tackling.” Earlier this week at the NFL annual meetings coach Mike McCarthy said, “if Nick was my son, I would not let him play.” “I kind of agree with that, to be very candid with you,” Herman said. “If there’s the least bit of an issue on any of his scans, I would tell him, ‘You’ve been a Pro Bowl player, you’ve accomplished everything. You had an interception in the Super Bowl; you’ve won a Super Bowl. You’ve done, at this age, everything that you could do. Walk away healthy.’ I would say, ‘Son, walk away healthy.’ I think Nick knows how I feel, but it’s very hard to say to a football player, an accomplished one, walk away healthy.” Even if Cammisa clears Collins to play, other factors could stand in the way of his return. The Packers surely would want their own physician, Dr. Pat McKenzie, to examine Collins. From there, McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson will have to decide whether they would be OK putting Collins back on the field.
Collins plays the waiting game
Nov. 6, 2013
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