The Green Bay Packers suffered a hit to their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions with today’s news that Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins will miss the remainder of the 2011 season with a neck injury:
Coach Mike McCarthy announced the news Monday afternoon. He said it’s “too early” to say what the injury means for Collins’ career.
Collins was injured as he tried to tackle Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart on a catch. Stewart tried to hurdle Collins, whose head appeared to hit Stewart’s left hip as he dove for Stewart’s legs. Collins’ neck bent awkwardly on the hit and he landed face down on the turf with 11:57 left.
Reports said that Collins had full movement in all his extremities shortly after Collins was carted off the field. He will most likely be replaced in the lineup by Charlie Peprah, who impressed in an increased role last season and M.D. Jennings, a play-making rookie out of Arkansas St. Best of luck to Nick Collins in his recovery.