Packers will release Nick Collins

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If Nick Collins indeed returns from a serious neck injury that required surgery last September, it will not be as a member of the Green Bay Packers.

The club has informed the former Pro Bowl safety that he will be released, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Collins, who had a cervical fusion performed last September, has not been cleared to medically return by the team’s doctors. His agent Alan Herman confirmed the roster move to Silverstein.

Collins has yet to make a decision on if he will attempt to return after visits with five neurosurgeons. It was originally expected that he would decide at the beginning of the month. Collins wants to play if possible but the Packers obviously have determined they do not want him back.

Per the report, Collins was due to earn $4.05 million this season. The Packers will clear $3.05 million under the salary cap, another big chunk following the release of veteran left tackle Chad Clifton on Monday.

Collins was selected to three Pro Bowls in his eight-year career with the Packers. Now, the club needs to go about finding an impact safety to replace him.

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