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Former Packer Nick Collins looking to make NFL comeback

By on 2/07/2014 04:30:00 PM

Former Green Bay Packer safety Nick Collins appears to be ready to make an NFL comeback.

Collins posted the following tweets to his Twitter account Monday:

According to NFL Around the League's Chris Wessling, the Packers cut Collins in 2011 because they weren't comfortable clearing him to play again.

Collins underwent spinal fusion surgery in 2011. The surgery itself is similar to what Denver quarterback Peyton Manning underwent, with one major difference.  Manning's surgery was on the C5 vertebra, which controls the arms.  Collins' surgery was done in the C3-C4 area, higher up on the spine.

As for what the C4 vertebra is responsible for, consider this rhyme: "Cut C4, breathe no more."

From Mike Morbeck via Wikimedia Commons
Collins was a top-notch safety for the Packers during his seven season with the team. He totaled almost 500 tackles and 21 interceptions.
Without him, the Packers' secondary has struggled for the last three seasons.

But regardless of their secondary issues, it's unlikely the Packers change their course.  They, and 31 other teams, passed on signing Collins two years ago.

"Organizations feel like I'm unable to play," Collins told the Green Bay Press Gazette last August. "But I still have that hope that one day I get a call and they're like, 'Let's go give it a shot.'"


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