Packers safety Nick Collins will miss season with neck injury

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One of Green Bay’s biggest heroes in last year’s Super Bowl will miss the rest of the 2011 season with a neck injury.

Coach Mike McCarthy announced Monday that safety Nick Collins would not play again this year.  Collins hurt his neck against the Panthers, and stayed in Carolina overnight for further testing.

It’s a huge blow to the Green Bay secondary.  Collins is a popular and consistent leader on the defense. He’s missed only three games since the Packers drafted him in 2005, including 55 straight starts through Sunday.

The Packers will look again to Charlie Peprah, who started for much of last year.  McCarthy said it was too early to tell whether Collins’ injury could be career-threatening.

106 responses to “Packers safety Nick Collins will miss season with neck injury

  1. Lol! No repeat! 7th time is happening soon than you all realize! Win this Lombardi then leave this petty league! Steel hammer came down yesterday. That was just the beginning…

  2. Dang.

    This has the Sterling Sharpe career ending ring to it. Let’s hope not.

    Best of luck, Nick.

  3. That really sucks. I pretty much hate the Packers, well Ok not so much the packers as their fans like carlgerbleschlitz or whatever… but Collins has been one of the best in the game for a few years now.

  4. First and foremost I hope Nick makes a recovery to full health. If he’s able, hopefully he will be able to rejoin the team in the future.

    What a horrible loss for the Packer’s defense, but what an even bigger scare for the Collins’.

  5. That’s terrible news. I hope he can continue his career next year, but most importantly can have a good quality of life regardless of his football future.

  6. Ouch. That hurts. Just like last year though, next man up! Peprah played very well at the end of last year. I wonder if they’ll kick the tires on Darren Sharper coming back?

  7. seems like a lot of serious injuries early…

    be interesting to see at the end of the year the total number of injuries compared to years past…how much of this is attributed to the lockout, how did teams that held workouts fair injury wise versus ones who did not…

  8. Ouch. I say let Sheilds or the rookie House start at corner opposite Tramon and move Woodson back to Collins’ saftey spot. Woodson was getting picked on all day and pretty much losing, albeit having the 2 picks he does struggle in coverage.

  9. That sucks! He’s a tremendous playmaker in the defensive backfield!

    The most important thing is his health, though. Hopefully, he’ll have a full recovery and return next year.

  10. neck/spine injurys are awful,

    wish the best to Nick,

    hope to see 36 back on the field healthy and happy in the future.

  11. Peprah is a decent player, but doesn’t have Collins’ knack for the big hit. I wonder if its time to put Woodson at safety?

  12. The NFL season just isn’t official until the Packers lose a major piece due to a freak injury. It’s just sickening.

  13. Well, just like last year, time for someone else to step up.

    The Packers have proved to have the best depth in the league. The injury hurts, but they can survive.

  14. A real tough hit to the team. Peprah is okay but Collins is a Pro Bowler. Hope that Tramon Williams is okay and will be back. Main thing is that I hope Nick Collins is okay, whether he can play football again or not. This is why the “Greedy” players try to get all the money they can. Their careers can end on any play. Best wishes, Nick.

  15. Damn… He’s one of my favourite players, too. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery and no lasting injuries for Nick. The dude’s a major contributor on defense.

  16. Terrible to hear,hope its not as bad as it could be.Forget the vike/pack rivalry for a moment,stuff like this is horrible,neck injuries are serious,i hope he can get better and one day get back on the field.

  17. A good player with a real knack for the interception, and a huge loss for a packer d that is ranked dead last against the pass, 30th in total yards allowed, and 25th in points allowed. Looks like the packer fans’ annual complaints about injuries get an early start this year. Want to talk to someone who has a legitimate complaint about missing players? Ask a Colts fan what life is like without Peyton.

  18. Collins is a great player and an even better man. I heard he is up, and walking around fine. He may be done forever, and if that’s the case, it is a loss for the NFL.

    Collins does a ton of work with charities.

  19. Not a Packer fan, at all, but gotta feel for the guy. Injuries are getting out of hand, especially the serious ones. You have to respect the courage it must take to get on the field with all those huge, freakishly fast guys slamming each other for three hours, knowing what can happen.

  20. Watching him on that field yesterday, the whole stadium went quiet. It’s when you realize that it is just a game and the time when Panthers and Packers fans came together to cheer this young man on.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  21. This is a huge loss for us, but the most important thing is that Nick recovers. It could have been a lot worse and I’m glad it wasn’t. Hopefully he makes a speedy recovery and can continue in his career

  22. Major, major bummer. Best of luck, Nick.

    The starters are obviously Burnett and Peprah, with MD Jennings behind them, but the question is who do they bring in to back up the other S position?

  23. Peprah is fine… but how will it affect our nickel and dime packages. The trickle down affect is where it will be felt. A team who can pressure a quarterback can make an average secondary look pretty good. That will will be the key for the Pack.

  24. Thoughts and prayers to Nick, a potential HoF’er.
    We got depth at the position so I think on the field we’ll be ok. Burnett’s another Nick Collins, albeit younger and much less experienced.
    Peprah is very solid, doesn’t have the speed of Nick Collins but gets it done, as we saw last year.
    MD Jennings is another Ted Thompson secret weapon. I compare him to Peprah. Doesn’t have the all world physical tools of a Nick Collins but is always in the right place.

  25. Terrible news for Nick and the Packers. Woodson won’t be moved. Levine will come up from the practice squad. No way does Sharper come back. I wouldn’t mind seeing MD Jennings get some playing time.

  26. The Steelers are going to finish 9-7, who says they’re going to even MAKE the playoffs, much less win “7”?

    Peprah played extensively last year. It doesn’t doom them.

  27. @Feldman9000

    No true sports fans wishes injury or harm to another player of any sport.

    That’s sick, but mostly wrong !

    Bears fans wish Mr Collins a speedy and full recovery.

    We only hope to beat our opponents when their roster is complete and healthy !

  28. If its one thing the Packers have proven, its that they can overcome injuries. You never want to lose a guy like Collins, but someone will step up.

  29. Classy first post by a pos yinzer…….typical from the scum the 3 rivers breed.

    Speedy recovet to nick one of the best. Our offense is going to have to put up 35 a game i fear.

  30. @7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 19, 2011 4:24 PM
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    Did they ban your 6ringsinmythrophyheadcase name?
    I think I speak for everyone here in wishing this had happened to YOU instead of Mr.Collins.

    P.S. Get the hell off this site TROLL!

  31. tramonisland says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:02 PM
    In Ted we trust.

    You mean the same Ted that let Cullen Jenkins walk with Justin Harrell Jr in line as his replacement? Let me put it mildy; TT was the beneficiary of a overachieving defense and expertly coached team for a 6 game run last year! He is simply lucky, and nothing more!

  32. kibawib says:
    Looks like the packer fans’ annual complaints about injuries get an early start this year.

    If you had been paying attention last season you would know that the Pack fans didn’t have “complaints about injuries” as we were too busy watching our team win the Super Bowl.

    You must be a Queens fan. I guess you’ll be moving into the basement of the North permanently, seeing how you won’t have a stadium in 2012… Although, it could just be a short pit stop en route to sunny L.A. Hell, it’s not like you pansies can play in the cold anyways.

  33. 7thlombardiontheway:

    “Lol! No repeat! 7th time is happening soon than you all realize! Win this Lombardi then leave this petty league! Steel hammer came down yesterday. That was just the beginning…”

    ________________________________

    Stay classy, buddy.

    Speaking of class, can we get someone from Pittsburgh to put this troll in his place?

    Also, “That was just the beginning…”?

    I was nonchalantly watching the Steelers game out of the corner of my eye, and it looked like Big Ben was about to have his leg amputated.

  34. What a shame for Nick Collins – a talented player and seemingly a nice guy.

    It could take a coupla weeks to get the secondary up to speed. Good thing they play the Bears next week. Wonder how far Cutler can throw whilst lying on his back – I guess we’ll see….

  35. @quentin673… great, now we get to hear packer fans act like there the only team with injuries again

    What are you? A classless Bear Fan or a jealous Steelers fan?

    Last year the Packers had 15 players on IR…..lost two of their best in the super bowl and STILL beat the Steelers!!…

    STOP being so jealous because your team Sucks!

  36. Sucks for Nick, hope that all will be well health wise outside of football. Packers will miss him as he was definitely a playmaker back there. He was also the best cover guy by far of the safeties they have.

    Don’t think Darren Shawpur will be back, my guess is they’ll look for a backup that can play ST.

  37. gregjennings85 says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:33 PM
    7thlombardiontheway:

    “Lol! No repeat! 7th time is happening soon than you all realize! Win this Lombardi then leave this petty league! Steel hammer came down yesterday. That was just the beginning…”

    ________________________________

    Stay classy, buddy.

    Speaking of class, can we get someone from Pittsburgh to put this troll in his place?

    Also, “That was just the beginning…”?

    I was nonchalantly watching the Steelers game out of the corner of my eye, and it looked like Big Ben was about to have his leg amputated.
    ___________________________________

    Don’t listen to this dumbass. As a Steelers fan (and someone from the area), I just wanna say this guy’s an embarrassment to not just Steelers fans, but sport in general.

    I sincerely hope Collins gets back to 100%. I never want to see any of these guys get hurt.

  38. Slowly the Packers will be fading! Injuries, horrible secondary is one of the worse in the league, awful defense and wait till SUH KO’S cancer survivor hater Rodgers with a season ending concussion! All will be right!

  39. pappysarcasm says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:17 PM
    tramonisland says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:02 PM
    In Ted we trust.

    You mean the same Ted that let Cullen Jenkins walk with Justin Harrell Jr in line as his replacement? Let me put it mildy; TT was the beneficiary of a overachieving defense and expertly coached team for a 6 game run last year! He is simply lucky, and nothing more!

    Harrell was released before Jenkins was signed moron, Defense will be fine because its not your typical 3-4. Capers mixes and matches as well as anyone.

  40. Can we put a moratorium on the “Stay classy ___________” damn that comment is unoriginal and annoying! Almost as annoying as the steeler fans who end every post “six rings. Six.”

  41. Geez, you wouldn’t think this would have to be done, but 7thlombardiontheway and a few others have proven otherwise. Let’s start with a definition of a big word.

    schadenfreude: noun – satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.

    Now let’s examine appropriate and inappropriate schadenfreude as sports fans. For example, it was alright for Packer fans to enjoy Favre costing the Vikings a trip to the Super Bowl. It was alright for us to enjoy watching the Moss fiasco, Favre’s texting scandal, and the implosion of the Chilly era. As sports fans, that is perfectly acceptable schadenfreude. Now inappropriate schadenfreude would be enjoying Favre lying motionless after hitting his head on the turf against the Bears. Do you see the difference?

    Let’s try again. If you’re a Ravens fan. It’s alright to enjoy Mendenhall’s eye’s bugging out as the ball slips out of his hands against the Packers. It’s alright to enjoy the Steelers losing the Super Bowl to the Packers. It’s alright to enjoy the Steelers getting smothered by the Ravens in Week 1. It’s even alright to enjoy Roethlisberger getting suspended for lewd (though likely consensual) behavior. It’s not alright to enjoy Roethlisberger getting into motorcycle accidents.

    Did you spot the difference? It’s subtle, but it’s there.

    In one, you’re a sports fan. Half the fun in being a sports fan is watching your team’s rivals fail. Enjoy ill-timed interceptions or off-field mishaps (assuming nobody is hurt) to your heart’s content. In the other, scenario, you’re a poor excuse for a human. In all likelihood, your family does not care for you and any “friends” you do have likely keep you around laughing at you, not with you.

  42. Damn. 😦

    Now is the time for rehab, rehab, and more rehab, Nick. Hope to see you rockin’ with the Pack next season. You will be greatly missed.

  43. Smooth Jimmy:

    Way to justify you actions. You packer fans come on here and say whatever you want- but whn someone is anti packer- you lecture people…lol

    Why are you turds so hypocritical?

    I just love too how you try to play Dr. Freud and analyze a person based on comments on a website.

    I know for a fact that there were several Packer fans hoping for a career ending injury for Favre- but that’s perfectly acceptable because he “betrayed” the Packer fanbase.

    I didn’t see you on here lecturing your own fanbase. God forbid someone says something against a packer player- jeez they are the scum of the earth then. How pathetic.

    Loudmouth, know nothing, inane fans.

    Worst fanbase in all of pro sports-bar none.

  44. This is a big blow to America’s Team but they managed to win the Super Bowl with so many players on injured reserved last season. The players know that everyone needs to step up & I believe they will to go 19-0.

  45. I’m amazed how many people wish for serious injuries to players from opposing teams. It doesn’t say much for their character and proves so many are filled with hate and jealousy. How miserable are their lives???

  46. Harrell was released before Jenkins was signed moron, Defense will be fine because its not your typical 3-4. Capers mixes and matches as well as anyone.

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    You do realize that he had a “jr.” behing harell, correct?

    That means he’s talking about Neal, another “gem” that can’t stay healthy.

    Reading comprehension- look into it.

    I also love all this “next man up” talk. You really think you are going to catch lightning in a bottle again , don’t you?
    Your secondary is a mess- losing Collins trickles down. That secondary has given up a TON of yards, with Collins.

    For the record- i hope the guy can live a normal life, football should be the least of his worries right now.

  47. pigeonpea says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:26 PM
    kibawib says:
    Looks like the packer fans’ annual complaints about injuries get an early start this year.

    If you had been paying attention last season you would know that the Pack fans didn’t have “complaints about injuries” as we were too busy watching our team win the Super Bowl.

    You must be a Queens fan. I guess you’ll be moving into the basement of the North permanently, seeing how you won’t have a stadium in 2012… Although, it could just be a short pit stop en route to sunny L.A. Hell, it’s not like you pansies can play in the cold anyways.
    ———-
    Interesting but not surprising that Packer fans immediately think any negative attitude or comment must come from a Vikings fan. It couldnt be ANY OTHER FANBASE right? All other fanbases drink the same Kool-Aid as the Packers except those darn Vikings right!? Newsflash Nancy, there are more teams out there that severely dislike the Packers more than the Vikings. I still think what happened to Collins sucks and I wish him the best.

  48. Wow, this is shocking. I hope everything works out ok for Nick. Doubly don’t like seeing news like this when the neck/head is involved.

  49. Stay classy, buddy.

    Speaking of class, can we get someone from Pittsburgh to put this troll in his place?

    Also, “That was just the beginning…”?

    I was nonchalantly watching the Steelers game out of the corner of my eye, and it looked like Big Ben was about to have his leg amputated.

    Greg I work in that cesspool and would gladly stop by his place and say hello. I can’t stand the stillers or their ignorant drunkin delusional fanbase.

  50. As a fellow Steeler fan – your comments are classless.

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    7thlombardiontheway says: Sep 19, 2011 4:24 PM

    Lol! No repeat! 7th time is happening soon than you all realize! Win this Lombardi then leave this petty league! Steel hammer came down yesterday. That was just the beginning…

  51. @whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Sep 19, 2011 6:09 PM

    “Can we put a moratorium on the “Stay classy ___________””

    Remain sophisticated ____________.

  52. “Harrell was released before Jenkins was signed moron, Defense will be fine because its not your typical 3-4. Capers mixes and matches as well as anyone.”

    My Quote “Justin Harrell Jr” e.g Mike Neal! Moron!

    ps; Good luck to Nick. I hope you recover fully and quickly, and that the IR is not pre-mature.

    peace

  53. “Newsflash Nancy, there are more teams out there that severely dislike the Packers more than the Vikings.”

    Wake up dipstick — teams don’t “severely dislike” other teams. That’s made up fan trash.

    Only moron fans who should get a life “severely dislike” other teams.

    It’s game, dimwit. Don’t build your emotional life around it.

    Really — grow up.

    There’s way more important things out there. If there’s not in your life — you are a pathetic loser.

  54. jimmysee says:
    Sep 19, 2011 7:33 PM
    “Newsflash Nancy, there are more teams out there that severely dislike the Packers more than the Vikings.”

    Wake up dipstick — teams don’t “severely dislike” other teams. That’s made up fan trash.

    Only moron fans who should get a life “severely dislike” other teams.

    It’s game, dimwit. Don’t build your emotional life around it.

    Really — grow up.

    There’s way more important things out there. If there’s not in your life — you are a pathetic loser.
    ——————
    If you would read my posts im nowhere near any of these extreme fanatic posters like the steelers jerk but I do respond to idiots who have this one sided view that their side of the grass is greener and there is only on possible fanbase that would ever dare say anything against it.

  55. Tough deal — he seems like a decent person and obviously is a good player. From an opposing fan view, all this means is that the Pack will beat my Vikes 35-24 instead of 35-17.

  56. *sigh*

    Poor Nick. He’s such a gamer. I know he yearns to be out on the field playing. I wish him the best!

  57. The reason more teams dislike the Packers is because they are winners. There is no motivation to hate a team like the Vikings, though some may feel sorry for the team’s fans.

    Anyway, hopefully Nick didn’t suffer any permanant damage and they are just being cautious with him. He will be missed on and off the field this season.

  58. @ paulharghis, I know it was long-winded, but did you read my post? I specifically said it was not alright to root for things like a Favre injury specifically citing his concussion last season. Did some Packer fans rejoice for that? Sure. But it was not me, and those who did are no better than 7thlombardi.

    There’s football suffering where players are upset, fans are cranky for a few days, and it feels like a wasted season, but at the end of the day life goes on. Then there’s real suffering where guys can’t walk, or play with their kids, or live a normal life. It’s always wrong to root for the latter no matter what team you like.

  59. pappysarcasm says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:17 PM
    tramonisland says:
    Sep 19, 2011 5:02 PM
    In Ted we trust.

    You mean the same Ted that let Cullen Jenkins walk with Justin Harrell Jr in line as his replacement? Let me put it mildy; TT was the beneficiary of a overachieving defense and expertly coached team for a 6 game run last year! He is simply lucky, and nothing more!
    ———————

    Whoever wrote this is probably an unemployed male hooker in San Francisco.

  60. I hate it when people talk trash about an injury… Must be a Vikes fan I am guessing.

    Speedy recovery, the Bears look forward to competing with you again next year…

  61. “Time to move Woodson to safety…”

    Are you serious? Please tell me why in the hell the Packers would take their only healthy good cornerback and move him to safety? If Tramon Williams is still not healthy and the Packers move Woodson to safety, they are basically stuck with Sam Shields and Jarrett Bush as their starting CBs. Shields is good but Bush is far from a starting caliber player.

  62. “Lol! No repeat! 7th time is happening soon than you all realize! Win this Lombardi then leave this petty league! Steel hammer came down yesterday. That was just the beginning…”

    35-7.

  63. It’s funny watching Steeler fans try to mess with Packer fans after us Vikings having been yelling back in forth over Hudson for years.

    As a Minnesota Viking fan I’d say its a tough break for the guy, that secondary is already statisticly dead last in the NFL.

    And is that Tramon Williams injured too? Viking fans have seen our own great offenses go up and down the field, and then watch the secondary get destroyed up and down the field as the other team plays catch up.

    That teams going to be in a lot of shoot outs.

  64. axespray says:
    Sep 20, 2011 11:37 PM
    Way to stay classy Paul, can’t control your little tantrums and you gotta poke fun at a guy’s freaking neck being injured…

    seriously, GTFO

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    Axe:

    As I told one of your fellow packer fan turds:
    Reading comprehension- look into it.

    Try reading past my 1st post. in my second one i wrote:

    For the record- i hope the guy can live a normal life, football should be the least of his worries right now.

    But yeah- that’s not classy- uff

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    SmoothJimmy:

    Fair enough- you seem like a level headed Packer fan. My apologies for lumping you in with the turds in your fanbase.

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