GREEN BAY, Wis. If Nick Collins wants to return to football, it won't be for the Green Bay Packers.
Collins' agent, Alan Herman, confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that the Packers will release the three-time Pro Bowl safety, who underwent a single-level cervical fusion last September. In Week 2 of last season, with the Packers playing in Carolina, Collins had to be carted off the field on a stretcher after a tackle attempt put his neck in an awkward position.
Collins, 28, went through multiple tests last month and is still seeking more opinions on a possible return to football, but the Packers have been telegraphing this move for some time. Without even knowing the results of Collins' tests, coach Mike McCarthy wasn't optimistic about his player's football future.
"If Nick was my son, I would not let him play," McCarthy told reporters in March at the NFL annual meetings in Florida.
Last Thursday, general manager Ted Thompson addressed Collins' future in h...