In an in-depth examination of the risks and possibility that Packers safety Nick Collins could return to play football, several prominent spinal surgeons were interviewed by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. ”Once everything is healed, the risks are minimal” said Pittsburgh Steelers’ team neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon, also a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh. “But there’s always that risk. Some choose to retire, some continue to play.” That’s where Collins is at right now. It’s been reported he’s has either met or will meet with some of the key decision makers in the Packers organization to discuss his future in football. No indication has been given when a firm decision on Collins’ future will be made, but it could happen before the NFL Draft.
The Packers reportedly met with NFL Draft prospect Chandler Jones, according to Tyler Dunne of the Journal Sentinel. “His helicopter, 35½-inch wingspan and active hands stand out most,” writes Dunne. “Jones says he has drawn interest from teams that use 4-3 and 3-4 schemes – he had workouts with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars among others. Jones also met with the Green Bay Packers at the scouting combine.” What the Packers have to decide is whether Jones is an ideal fit at outside linebacker in their defensive scheme. Some say he’s a better fit for defensive end.
A film study of Boise State’s Shea McClellin, including a brief interview quote, also comes from Tyler Dunne at JSOnline. “The Packers are interested in McClellin,” writes Dunne. “In many ways, he’s exactly the type of linebacker Kevin Greene covets. McClellin is intelligent, relies on strong fundamentals and has a no-quit playing style. Once projected as a fourth-rounder, McClellin’s versatility seems to be driving him into the first-round discussion.” McClellin looks to be one of the few players in the 2012 Draft that fit a combination of still being available at No. 28, perhaps being the best player available and filling a need of the Packers all at the same time.
Wide receiver Tori Gurley was invited to speak at the Sister Bay Lions Club Youth Night on Monday in Sister Bay, Wis. and Fox 11 in Green Bay interviewed him afterwards. “You can’t control the things that go on in life: the only thing you can control is how hard you work,” Gurley said about the message he relayed to children. “Hopefully this message will work with someone, they take it and run with it.”
A feature on workout warriors in this year’s NFL Draft class appears in the Journal Sentinel.
The Packers’ 2012 regular season schedule is likely to be released on Tuesday Apr. 17 at 6 p.m. Central time, surmises Rob Demovsky of the Press-Gazette.