It appears the first answer to a line of questions regarding the NFL future of Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins will be answered by Monday.
According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Collins underwent a "battery of tests" this past week in New York and should receive his results from Dr. Frank Cammisa, the surgeon who operated on the herniated disc in Collins' neck, by the start of next week.
Alan Herman, Collins' agent, spoke with Demovsky Friday.
“I think by Monday we’ll know something,” Herman said. “I assume we’ll knows something by Monday.”
But even if Collins' results come back positive—and the general feeling around the situation is that the results will—Monday will be just the first step of many for Collins to return to the NFL.
As we heard from Packers coach Mike McCarthy at the NFL owners' meetings in Palm Beach, Florida this week, his staff will remain cautious with process.
“I think that’s a starting point,” McCarthy said when asked about Collins' initial medical visit, via ESPN Milwaukee's Jason Wilde. “I anticipate that (the doctor) is going to say it’s a very positive report because I know they felt good about the surgery. To me, that’s really the first step. Then our doctors have to get involved and we’ll all sit down and talk to Nick and see where Nick is, so it will be a process that we’ll go through."
Everyone in the Packers organization, plus Collins and his family, need to be on the same page for a return. McCarthy said his medical staff will be take every precaution before coming to an agreement.
“Dr. Pat McKenzie and our medical staff, they’re conservative by nature," McCarthy said, again through Wilde. "I think if you ask anybody who’s gone through our program and worked in other places, they’d say, ‘Hey, they do a good job taking care of their players. They’re conservative. We’re not going to put him in harm’s way. If he’s on the field, he’ll be cleared, he’ll be 100 percent and everybody will be comfortable with it.”
No one would blame Collins—a three-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion—for walking away from the game, even if the initial results from Cammisa are positive. Herman acknowledged that Collins probably should end his NFL career if there is any hesitation or worry.
“If there’s the least bit of an issue on any of his scans, I would tell him, ‘You’ve been a Pro Bowl player, you’ve accomplished everything. You had an interception in the Super Bowl; you’ve won a Super Bowl. You’ve done, at this age, everything that you could do. Walk away healthy.’ I would say, ‘Son, walk away healthy.’ I think Nick knows how I feel, but it’s very hard to say to a football player, an accomplished one, walk away healthy.”
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