McCarthy says if Collins was his son, he'd want him to retire

The Green Bay Packers have not learned yet whether Nick Collins will be able to return from a serious neck injury.

They might soon learn the future of the Pro Bowl performer. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said from the owners’ meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., that if Collins was his son, he would not want him to continue playing football.

According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Collins will meet later this week with doctors that performed cervical neck fusion surgery on him in September. That means an answer could be coming in the near future.

“That’s probably one of the worst parts of your job (as a coach),” McCarthy said. “Walking out on the field looking over a player, especially when it didn’t look very serious and then you get out there, I don’t want to be put in that position again.
“And this is not about me. I’m just talking about, if that was my son, if Nick was my son, I would not let him play.”

McCarthy said the latest medical news he received was encouraging, so it sounds like Collins could be back. The player has gone on record saying if doctors advise him he’s not at additional risk to continue his career, he will keep playing. If he is at additional risk, he will hang ’em up. Obviously, everyone is hoping for the best with Collins.

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