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Nick Collins: "I'm 100 Percent Healed"

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Nick Collins: "I'm 100 Percent Healed"

Earlier this week Nick Collins sent out a couple of tweets indicating his desire to return to the NFL.

Since his neck injury and spinal surgery in 2011, Collins has almost always maintained he can play again, while teams have seemed reluctant to risk Collins's health.

Jason Wilde of ESPN Milwaukee spoke with Collins regarding Collins's NFL future and his recent tweets.

“My whole purpose of doing what I did on Twitter, I wanted to remind everybody I’m still out there and I’m willing to play given the opportunity....That was the whole purpose of my Tweets on Monday. Just to say, ‘I’m ready, I’m 100 percent healed.’"

Collins realizes that a return to the Packers might be far fetched.

“The only doctor that was really unsure was Dr. McKenzie [Packers Team Physician]. He wasn’t quite sold on the idea of me playing for the Packers anymore....I’ve been trying to get that opportunity for two years now and no one seems to want to take that chance. But I’m ready if anybody is willing. I guess it’s all about just getting the teams to understand the [idea] of me coming back. They can bring me in, they can get their own doctors to look at me, they can do their own evaluation and we can go from there. If they say we can roll with it, I’ll take that chance.”


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Shlizzy's picture

Damn you, McKenzie!

Stroh's picture

If it was all McKenzie then why hasn't ANY other team even taken a look at his medical chart or give him a physical? That is the most telling part of the story and your completely ignoring that FACT!

Alex's picture

That's all bad. Does he really wanna take that chance? I've seen the way he hits.

William Serrano's picture

If we sign him he will be a big help. Even if he plays just 5 snaps a game, he can criticize our safeties and teach them the ropes to become a top notch safety. Maybe not to his ability but imagine if Burnett learns from him and builds off the skill set nick can teach him even if its just the way you think on the field. He will provide knowledge at the safety spot, veteran ship & to read the qb better then what our safeties do now. Just a fan that wants help.

Phatgzus's picture

Then hire him as an assistant coach for a lot cheaper, or free (see Al Harris).

will's picture

Fans need to realize that Morgan Burnett is a below average NFL safety, and it doesn't matter who you get to "teach" him. Having a more talented safety next to him will help cover his obvious deficiencies. Since we're stuck with him for the next couple years because of the idiotic contract we signed him to, that's all one can hope for.

jeremy's picture

I'm not sure I agree. A large part of Burnett's problem is how slowly he reads the play and the angles he takes. Collins and Sharper both had the same issue early in their careers. There's a good chance the right coach could help Burnett and Richardson a lot.

will's picture

Jeremy, the difference is Sharper and Collins both showed flashes early on and made plays along with their mistakes. You knew they could get better.

Burnett hasn't done squat since he's been here, which is one reason why the contract they signed him to was a head scratcher. He's been here 4 years, we know what he is...marginal.

Evan's picture

"Burnett hasn’t done squat since he’s been here..."

Not true.

joshywoshybigfatposhy's picture

point 1 - it seems like many safeties in Green Bay have had rough starts - Sharper, Collins, Burnett - i just think they turned the corner faster than Burnett is/isn't.

point 2 - not exactly sure nick collins is the 'teaching' type. at least nagler seems to think he's not exactly professorial.

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