Nick Collins must wait 6 months to know if he can play again

Nick Collins can’t say if he will ever play football again, but the Green Bay Packers safety had cervical fusion surgery on Thursday that could give him a chance.

Collins’ agent Alan Herman told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Collins underwent surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to repair a herniated disc. He consulted with a multitude of doctors before making his decision.

“The point that was made was the you don't know until six months down the road. You see how the healing process goes,” Herman said.

"You can't gauge what will happen, whether there will be any narrowing with the (spinal) canal or remaining tissue. That will be the determining factor as far as his career. It's all based on the healing process."

Collins was injured in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. If he didn’t want to pursue a football career any further, he wouldn’t necessarily have needed surgery.

"The doctor was very clear about it in terms of the surgery," Herman said. "Nick totally understands the need to do this. This was the way to go. It's going to give him a chance. He would like the possibility of playing again.

"He felt it went well. We'll keep our fingers crossed now. When we look at it again, we hope things will be fine."

Now, Collins and the Packers will have to wait and see what develops.

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