The Packers have officially released Nick Collins, saying as they let Collins go that they simply didn’t feel safe putting Collins back on the field after the serious neck injury he suffered last year.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said the decision was not about doubting Collins can still play, it was about doubting that it’s still safe for Collins to play.
“From the beginning of this process, we have taken our time and sought numerous medical opinions while maintaining consistent dialogue with Nick,” Thompson said. “In the end, we were not comfortable clearing him to play again. As with all of our players, Nick is a member of our family and we thought of him that way as we came to this conclusion. Nick is a part of our core, and this is a very difficult day for all Packers. Making this kind of decision is never easy, especially when it involves someone like Nick Collins. He has meant so much to the community, his teammates and the organization. He is a good man and will always be part of the Packers family.”
Collins has kept a low profile, but he did acknowledge the release on Twitter, saying, “To my teammates and coaches I’m going to miss going to war with y’all on Sunday!! Green Bay Packer 4life.”
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers also referred to Collins as family.
“The Pack lost an incredible man today,” Rodgers wrote. “Thanks for being a great player, teammate, and friend. I’ll miss you brother.”