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Nick Collins says he’s “100 percent healed” from neck surgery

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Nick Collins hasn’t played in the NFL since Week 2 of the 2011 NFL season after a neck injury required surgery to fuse two vertebrae together.

But after more than two full seasons away from the game, Collins says he’s fully healthy and looking to return to the league.

Collins declared he was “ready for action” and “ready to dominate” on his Twitter account Tuesday. Now he just needs a team to take a chance on him.

I’m optimistic about it,” Collins said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “My whole purpose for sending that tweet out is to just let teams know that if they’re willing to take a chance, I’m open to it.”

Collins says he has fully recovered from the surgery that fused his C-3 and C-4 vertebrae together.

“I’m 100 percent healed from the surgery, so if teams want to bring me in and get me evaluated by their doctors — or whatever doctors they want me to go see — then I’ll do that for them,” Collins said. “That was the whole purpose, to let them know I’m still out there and I’m still optimistic about playing.”

The Packers wouldn’t clear Collins to play after the neck injury and ultimately released him in April 2012. Collins had come off three straight Pro Bowl season and had posted 17 interceptions in three years.

If Collins is cleared to play once again he could be a bargain steal on the free agent market this offseason. Collins is just 30 years old and could have several strong years of production remaining if he can return to his former level of play.

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8 Responses to “Nick Collins says he’s “100 percent healed” from neck surgery”
  1. lambeaurules says: Feb 6, 2014 5:40 AM

    Green Bay REALLY needs to look at bringing Nick back. Our secondary has not looked the same since he went down. Pull the trigger Ted!

  2. indycheezhed says: Feb 6, 2014 7:13 AM

    Come on Ted, take a chance. You know you want to.

  3. bobby2478 says: Feb 6, 2014 9:18 AM

    The Vikes should be giving him a long hard look. Even at a fraction of his former self, he will only upgrade their defensive backfield.

  4. packerbadger says: Feb 6, 2014 9:32 AM

    I’d love for him to come back to Green Bay!

  5. doubleogator says: Feb 6, 2014 9:48 AM

    New Orleans is in need of another corner.

  6. stellarperformance says: Feb 6, 2014 10:20 AM

    He’s also too old at this point. Stay retired.

  7. g2-565cfd5c11a869191e3803cf365dd100 says: Feb 6, 2014 11:24 AM

    Nothing wrong with another evaluation. You can still say no.

  8. greenisgold1265 says: Feb 6, 2014 1:25 PM

    Good luck nick.
    What a great player. If he was healthy he would have been the best safety in the league. Seemed like every int was returned for a TD. I miss watching him play.

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