Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Thursday.
Alan Herman, the agent for Collins, said his client underwent the cervical fusion procedure in the hope that he will be able to resume his career.
Herman said it will be about six months before a decision can be made on whether Collins can play again.
Collins suffered the neck injury in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, when his head slammed into the thigh of Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart.
He has made the Pro Bowl after each of the last three seasons and returned an interception for a touchdown in Green Bay's Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh.