Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin reports that there is no change in Nick Collins‘ status and possible return to the NFL.
Wilde add that while Collins is optimistic about playing agin, doctors maintain that the risk of re-injury is “too great.”
Former Packers S Nick Collins mentioned via his Twitter account that he would like to return to the NFL next season.
Who’s looking for a top notch free safety. This kid is ready to dominate #2014
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) February 4, 2014
Nickdapick36 is ready for action.
— Nick Collins (@nickdapick36) February 3, 2014
Collins, 30, suffered a career-ending neck injury that required cervical fusion surgery and subsequently led to the Packers releasing him. Green Bay consulted with numerous medical experts regarding Collins situation and they ultimately determined that they weren’t comfortable allowing him to play.
Collins was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and looked to be on pace for a Hall of Fame career before he suffered an injury against the Carolina Panthers in 2011.
Since then, Collins has found no interest, and it’s hard to see an NFL willing to offer him a shot given the demands of the safety position and the fact that another hit could leave him paralyzed or worse.