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Packers suffer major loss, losing safety Nick Collins for year

Neck injury forces Pro Bowler out Brad Biggs

Print This September 19, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

The Green Bay Packers are off to a 2-0 start but they’re reeling after the loss of Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins.

Coach Mike McCarthy announced Collins will miss the remainder of the season after he was taken off the field in Carolina on Sunday on a stretcher. He has a neck injury. It is not yet known if he will require surgery.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, it is not a fracture or spinal-cord related. Collins will meet with specialists before deciding what to do next, but he won’t be playing football this season.

"Fortunately we have a guy in Charlie Peprah that played an awful lot of football for us last year and played well,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said. “Morgan Burnett is off to excellent start. He’s had back-to-back very good games for us. We’ll have to go from there. There’s no question that Nick will be missed.”

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