GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Nick Collins will find out in March whether he is able to continue his NFL career or will be forced into early retirement.
The 28-year-old safety for the Green Bay Packers, who suffered a severe neck injury in Week 2 on an attempted tackle, had spinal fusion surgery in late September and missed the remainder of this season. Collins had been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the previous three seasons.
When Collins meets with his surgeon, Dr. Frank Cammisa, in New York during March, that will be it. No more questions. No gray area. Either he's in or he's out for good.
"If the doctors want me to be out there and the good lord wants me to be out there, I'll be out there," Collins said this week. "What's best for me and my situation? I think that's why I just want to keep it cut and dry, no toss-ups, nothing like that. Once I get that information, that's how it's going to be."
Collins last met with his doctor in December, and everything sounded positive at the ti...