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Thompson: No Collins decision yet

Apr 19, 2012 -- 9:35pm
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GREEN BAY – No decision has been made yet on the future of Green Bay Packers three-time Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins, general manager Ted Thompson said Thursday.

Speaking at his annual pre-NFL Draft news conference, Thompson said the process of deciding whether Collins, who suffered a career-threatening neck injury Sept. 18 and underwent spinal fusion surgery thereafter, is ongoing. The Packers have sent Collins to a number of other specialists in order to gather multiple opinions on whether Collins should be cleared to return to action. Collins’ doctor, Dr. Frank Camissa, and the Packers’ team doctor, Dr. Pat McKenzie, are gathering those opinions to give to Collins.

“It’s still in process, which it has been. It’s a process that continues,” Thompson said. “We don’t have any determination at this point.”

Both coach Mike McCarthy and Collins’ own agent, Alan Herman, have said that if Collins were their son, they would not allow him to play again. That could result in the Packers releasing Collins, who then would have to convince one of the league’s other 31 teams to pass him on his physical and let him play.

“I think it’s more important to make the right determination than being … I’m sure he’s anxious and all of our people are anxious,” Thompson said. “I think it’s more important being right than being fast. We’ll see.”

Asked if the team needs to cover itself at safety in the event that Collins cannot return or is released, Thompson replied, “We feel like our roster is balanced enough overall. … We don’t feel we have to target a particular position in the draft. That’s not what we do, and we won’t do it this year.”

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