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Mike McCarthy says Packers will exercise caution on Nick Collins

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Packers safety Nick Collins was stretchered off the field after suffering a neck injury in September, and he still hasn’t been cleared to return to football. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says the coaching staff and medical staff are in agreement that he won’t be cleared until there’s absolutely no doubt that it’s completely safe.

Collins is slated for medical tests this week to determine how far along he is in his recovery, and McCarthy told Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com that

“Dr. Pat McKenzie and our medical staff, they’re conservative by nature,” McCarthy said. “We’re not going to put him in harm’s way. If he’s on the field, he’ll be cleared, he’ll be 100 percent, everybody will be comfortable.”

McCarthy’s comments were reminiscent of those Steelers coach Mike Tomlin made in explaining why he wouldn’t let Ryan Clark play in Denver after Clark had experienced health problems associated with Denver’s altitude. Tomlin said he wouldn’t have allowed his own son to play under the same circumstances, and therefore he wouldn’t allow Clark to play either.

“If Nick was my son,” McCarthy told Wilde, “I would not let him play.”

And unless the doctors can convince McCarthy that Collins is sufficiently healed that he could feel comfortable putting his son on the football field after the same injury, Collins will not be cleared to play for the Packers.

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  1. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 25, 2012 3:11 PM

    I’m guessing the Saints will be blamed for this also.

  2. silverandblack1 says: Mar 25, 2012 3:12 PM

    Thats going to be Manning soon..

  3. georgeblanda says: Mar 25, 2012 3:12 PM

    I wish every team would take this approach with every injured player.

  4. medtxpack says: Mar 25, 2012 3:13 PM

    Hoping for the best with Collins, hes a true player!!! Get well and get going! If you cant return, youre always a Packers and ill remember that SB INT forever!!!

  5. sportsmeccabi says: Mar 25, 2012 3:14 PM

    I was watching this game when it happened. Jonathan Stewart didnt even run into him hard. His helmet just grazed his thigh. Just shows the fragility of the human body.

  6. jimmysee says: Mar 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    We approve.

    Signed,

    Packers stockholders

  7. clarkisgod says: Mar 25, 2012 3:25 PM

    Having had a major neck injury myself, I understand how delicate of an issue this is. I wish Nick a healthy and COMPLETE recovery.

  8. packerpride03 says: Mar 25, 2012 3:26 PM

    Man I hope he comes back, he is a top safety in the league. Is this thing like the manning situation or what’s up with the neck? I’m thinking even if he is healthy is he going to be ready mentally? Hope all is good with nick always fun to watch him play.

  9. jdandcoke says: Mar 25, 2012 3:28 PM

    if this was andy reid and the eagles, collins would have been cleared a month ago.

  10. trapshoot says: Mar 25, 2012 3:35 PM

    McCarthy definitely has the right attitude.

  11. rexismybff says: Mar 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    John Elway is already on record as offering Collins $20 million per year as soon as he feels like he can perform on the field.

    Once they sign Collins, the Donks plan to trade Champ Bailey to either the Jets or the Jaguars for a 4th round pick, including $2.5 million thrown in by the Donks. The team has been trying for months to get rid of Bailey, whose legions of paying fans are deemed a “distraction” by Elway & Co. because they buy too many Donks’ tickets and too much Donks’ swag.

  12. thepvyharvin says: Mar 25, 2012 3:51 PM

    Packers stockholders,,,,thanks for the side splitting laugh!

  13. beartime333 says: Mar 25, 2012 4:26 PM

    LMAO packers stockholders LMAO!!!

  14. WestCoastVet says: Mar 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    He needs Tim Tebow’s healing hands!

  15. contra74 says: Mar 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    Mike McCarthy says Packers will exercise caution on Nick Collins
    —–
    Mike McCarthy should be the last person on Earth to talk about exercise.

  16. leatherface2012 says: Mar 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    this is why i’m either always in a recliner, or on a sofa

  17. duece5 says: Mar 25, 2012 4:39 PM

    jimmysee says:Mar 25, 2012 3:20 PM

    We approve.

    Signed,

    Packers stockholders

    duece5 says:

    This is why we LOVE making fun of the packer “stockholders”

    YOU HAVE NO VOTING POWER.

    The key word is power…….but, you do have a $250 piece of toilet paper….congrats!!!!

  18. icewalker946 says: Mar 25, 2012 4:46 PM

    “If Nick was my son,” McCarthy told Wilde, “I would not let him play.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    There is more to life than wins and losses. Every coach knows that but not many would actually say it.

  19. txbearmeat says: Mar 25, 2012 4:59 PM

    Hey Beartime and Pervy –

    Just shut the hell up. You are jealous of the relationship the Packers have with their town and state.

    Neither of your teams have done bupkus the since before Don Majkowski – and that’s a LOOOONG time.

    Just crawl back in your holes. And stay quiet. The only REAL team in the NFCN is busy preparing the silver polish for the 2013 VINCE LOMBARDI trophy.

  20. kyannalashae says: Mar 25, 2012 5:01 PM

    I’m praying for Nick’s full recovery…if he can play I’ll be fine and happy with that but if he can’t it will be the right thing for him and his family…to just walk away from the game with full control of his body…I believe God can heal him because he healed me of an incurable disease (Liver Cirrhosis).Jesus Christ can do the IMPOSSIBLE!!!:) #GoPackGo Packers Fan of 15 years (No Bandwagoner)

  21. ernie ernie says: Mar 25, 2012 5:10 PM

    I too wish him a healthy recovery but realistically they already know what the tests will show.
    I mean Collins has been probably seeing his doctors on a monthly if not weekly basis so the prognosis is pretty much known.
    It isn’t like he is going to have a miracle in three days.
    My guess is that he will not be cleared to play but hopefully have a life without neck pain and suffering.

  22. beedubyatoo says: Mar 25, 2012 5:14 PM

    contra74 says:
    Mar 25, 2012 4:28 PM
    Mike McCarthy says Packers will exercise caution on Nick Collins
    —–
    Mike McCarthy should be the last person on Earth to talk about exercise.
    ————————-
    Or maybe Rex Ryan is last, or Andy Reid, or….

    Wonder how much overweight contra is.

  23. purplehayseuss says: Mar 25, 2012 5:18 PM

    txbearmeat;
    Yeah, right. Packers opponents will just do like you command. Sure.

    Get all your own trolls to quit poking their pointy noses into every single Vikings and Bears post.

    YOU ordering opposing fans to go away is a perfect example of ‘The Guard Calling The Tackle Fat’.

    Hypocrite.

    And best wishes to Collins’ full recovery and healthy future.

  24. theripster30 says: Mar 25, 2012 5:28 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Mar 25, 2012 3:51 PM
    Packers stockholders,,,,thanks for the side splitting laugh!

    —————–

    14 months removed from a Super Bowl title, you show back up. Now I know how long it takes to eat crow.

  25. Packernet says: Mar 25, 2012 5:37 PM

    If the sawbones say he can play he can play. McCarthy needs to put winning first. His job depends on it. The players know what they signed up for. For that kind of money I would take the chance. It would be stupid not to.

  26. elrock7 says: Mar 25, 2012 5:40 PM

    txbearmeat, the Packers need that relationship or they wouldn’t exist.

  27. gb4mn0 says: Mar 25, 2012 5:41 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Mar 25, 2012 3:51 PM
    Packers stockholders,,,,thanks for the side splitting laugh!

    ———————————————

    And thank you MN vikequeefs for being the acme of abject failure in the history of the NFL!

  28. thepvyharvin says: Mar 25, 2012 6:40 PM

    Stockholders= Pretend owners

    Vikings fans are real!

  29. vikescry1 says: Mar 25, 2012 7:13 PM

    if vikings fans r 4real how come you don’t all pony up for a new stadium? lol thought so, true fans lmfao

  30. gb4mn0 says: Mar 25, 2012 7:20 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Mar 25, 2012 6:40 PM
    Stockholders= Pretend owners

    Vikings fans are real!

    —————————————–

    Yea, they’re real STUPID!

  31. txbearmeat says: Mar 25, 2012 7:29 PM

    Typical PFT: “Let’s give this impression of having an open forum, and then take down any content we don’t like.”

    Especially if it has a link to WIKIPEDIA in the post for cripes sake!

    Hypocrites.

  32. txbearmeat says: Mar 25, 2012 7:33 PM

    @Purple –

    I’m not telling you what to do. I’m simply reminding Bears and Vikings fans of who their daddy is in the division.

    FACT

    GB: Most titles of any team. 2nd most Hall of Famers – and soon to be most HOF’s. Best winning percentage in the NFC since 1992. Most knowledgeable and dedicated fans in all of football.

    You, and your sad little friends in purple lose. Bears fans too – you keep talking about 1985, because other than that one time almost 30 years ago, none of you were alive the last time the Bears won a title.

  33. txbearmeat says: Mar 25, 2012 7:34 PM

    @ Pervy –

    “Vikings fans are masochists.”

    There. Fixed that for ya. :)

  34. stellarperformance says: Mar 25, 2012 7:36 PM

    thepvyharvin says: Mar 25, 2012 6:40 PM
    Stockholders= Pretend owners
    Vikings fans are real!
    ==============================

    He’s right. We’re real.

    Signed,

    All ten of us.

  35. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 25, 2012 8:29 PM

    I’m glad to see such good medical care given by at least one of the NFL teams. It is great to see this level of concern.

    It is in complete contrast to the treatment Kory Stringer got by the vikings medical staff. Even after Stringer’s death vikings were caught taking steroid masking diuretics during training camp.

    Some teams value their players and others don’t. The NFLPA should be more concerned about teams with poor medical care players.

    Good job Packers.

  36. axespray says: Mar 26, 2012 12:11 AM

    contra74 says:Mar 25, 2012 4:28 PM
    “Mike McCarthy should be the last person on Earth to talk about exercise.”

    viking fans should be the last people on earth to disrespect a Superbowl winning head coach

  37. truthserum4u says: Mar 26, 2012 12:35 AM

    txbearmeat says:Mar 25, 2012 4:59 PM

    The only REAL team in the NFCN is busy preparing the silver polish for the 2013 VINCE LOMBARDI trophy

    ———————————

    Would this be just like how they were going to go undefeated and win it all this past season?

  38. truthserum4u says: Mar 26, 2012 2:17 AM

    txbearmeat says: Mar 25, 2012 7:33 PM

    FACT

    GB: Most titles of any team. 2nd most Hall of Famers – and soon to be most HOF’s. Best winning percentage in the NFC since 1992. Most knowledgeable and dedicated fans in all of football.

    ——————-

    Really? It’s a FACT the GB fans are the most knowledgeable and dedicated in all of football? Please enlighten us on how you prove that or even come to that conclusion; especially when so many of them don’t understand their stock ownership.

    Of course you leave out many other FACTS about your team that are a little less glorious; selecting only the good times and ignoring some hideous football in-between.

    FACT:

    The Packers were irrelevant for over a quarter century!

    A 28 year period in which they reached double figures in wins only twice!

    16 of the 28 seasons had six or fewer wins.

    A 19 year period in which they had only two winning records.

    A 25 year period in which they made the playoffs only twice (once with a 5-3-1 record during a strike shortened season).

    A 24 years record of 146-201-9!

    Outside of that lost quarter century they had another streak of 11 seasons in a row without a winning record. By contrast, the Vikings never went more than two seasons in a row of losing records (soon to end this coming fall) after their first three years as an expansion team.

    Since the twelve game schedule was implemented the Packers have had 30 seasons of six or fewer wins; including 17 in a 28 year period. That’s 30 out of 65 seasons! By contrast the Vikings have had 13 in 51 seasons, five of which happened as an expansion team.

    Half of the Packers Championships came when there were only a couple of handfuls of teams in the league. And three more when they had those handful of teams plus some expansion teams and the newly formed AFL.

    And finally, the Packers are the only team in the modern era to have one loss during the regular season and not win a playoff game – OUCH!

    Just keeping it real for you there buddy!

    Oh by the way, I hope Collins recovery allows him to play the game again. It’s never a good thing when a good player’s career is cut short. If he can’t, I hope he leads a healthy life outside of football.

  39. truthserum4u says: Mar 26, 2012 2:19 AM

    Forgot to include the great Packers record during that streak of 11 season without a winning record.

    37-93-2!

  40. ruvelligwebuike says: Mar 26, 2012 11:37 AM

    Thank you, truthserum4you. Quit an impressive collection of data. Here’s more:

    The Vikings haven’t been NFC Champions since 1976. Even a 34 year old man wasn’t alive to witness it.

    They have never won the Super Bowl. Ever.

    Hilarious how a Viking fan dares to bring up history. Stick to things Minnesotans know about. Bland food, barren land, backstabbing, poor infrastructure and failing.

  41. truthserum4u says: Mar 26, 2012 8:35 PM

    @ ruvelligwebuike

    I’m in California, you know, the land people flock to to get away from places like Wisconsin?

    Obviously you know very little about the state of Minnesota and even less about the Minneapolis/St Paul area (consistantly on top ten cities in America lists). Of course Minnesotans have a large variety of options for their entertainment value, unlike a particular insignificant town.

    And failing? Minnesotans can brag about championships in MLB, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Hockey as well as others.

    True, Vikings fans haven’t known the highs the Packers fans have experienced, but we’ve also have avoided the depths to which you’ve sunk. Good or bad the Vikings don’t stay out of the picture very long, while the Packers have experienced several long stretches where they were irrelevant/insignificant/forgotten.

    What I do know, and was pointing out in my post, is Packer fans always bring up the failures of other teams while ignoring their own team’s history: A tremendous amount of losing and numerous championships when the best players weren’t even playing the game, only a handful of teams in the league and a time when there was a growth of new teams.

    It’s okay to proud, but your team’s own history indicates arrogance should be avoided.

  42. ruvelligwebuike says: Mar 26, 2012 10:31 PM

    truthserum4you-

    “Obviously you know very little about the state of Minnesota and even less about the Minneapolis/St Paul area (consistantly on top ten cities in America lists). Of course Minnesotans have a large variety of options for their entertainment value, unlike a particular insignificant town.”
    ———————-

    I live in Hudson. I went to school at the U of M and lived in Minneapolis for 6 years.

    “And failing? Minnesotans can brag about championships in MLB, NBA, NCAA Football, NCAA Hockey as well as others.”
    ———————

    Twins won it in ’87 and ’91. Wolves have never even won jack (George Mikan Lakers, dude?). Gopher football…hahaha… Theyhaven’t even won the Big Ten in almost 50 years. Hockey…yes, ’01 and ’02. I was there and got tear-gassed during the riot afterward.

    “True, Vikings fans haven’t known the highs the Packers fans have experienced, but we’ve also have avoided the depths to which you’ve sunk. Good or bad the Vikings don’t stay out of the picture very long, while the Packers have experienced several long stretches where they were irrelevant/insignificant/forgotten”
    ———————

    Packers have had 3 losing seasons in the last 20 years. They also went to three SB’s and won 2 of them. 70’s and 80’s were dark, yes. But I thought we were the one’s who always brought up ancient history?

  43. truthserum4u says: Mar 27, 2012 3:43 AM

    Thanks for going where I knew you would!

    Questioning the validity of championships in bygone years. And yes you are the ones bringing up ancient history so I figured it must be fair game.

    Packer fans are always trumping up their 13 Championships, yet 11 of them were more than forty years ago. Half were before the Mikan Lakers and about the same time as the Gopher football championships. The Twins’ championships were only a few years before the much ballyhooed Favre Super Bowl you fans bragged about & relied upon for years before being fortunate enough to get one last year. Why are your championships then any more valid then the ones I mentioned?

    While not reaching the Super Bowl the Vikings still only have two more losing seasons than the Packers over that same 20 year period (21 for the Vikings) and those were the past two season.

    My point is about fans calling other teams losers while not owning their own history. You can’t crow about the successes and ignore the failures. Which, by the way Packer fans judge the Vikings, last year & the Super Bowl loss to Denver would qualify the Packers as losers then. Not in my book, but by their definition.

    Hudson? I’ve got some great memories of Hudson. Getting carded the night before I turned 18 (yes it was that long ago) and going back to the bar after midnight (after another bar let me in their place). The Phipps Center still there? Good town Hudson!

  44. ruvelligwebuike says: Mar 27, 2012 5:25 PM

    Oh yeah, the Phipps is still there. They did a big renovation along the waterfront and the Phipps got a facelift…really a nice place now. They have a bandshell/ampitheater that pulls some pretty decent talent in the park across from the Phipps, as well. It’s really a great atmospehere.

    Excellent restaurants and bars, too. The town itself is growing by leaps and bounds and it’s just a madhouse downtown every night now.

  45. truthserum4u says: Mar 27, 2012 7:44 PM

    Great to here!

    I did several plays @ the Phipps a long time ago. After the shows we went to a nice little bar that had either Act or Stage (something relating to the theatre) in the name of the place.

    I’ll have to visit Hudson the next time I’m in the Twin Cities; always liked the place, good memories.

    Thanks for the update!

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