General manager Ted Thompson said the Green Bay Packers remain in a wait-and-see mode about the playing future of Collins. The 28-year-old Collins sustained a career-threatening neck injury at Carolina last season and had neck fusion surgery in September.|||||||
Collins and the Packers have not met to discuss his future and probably won't until after the draft, agent Alan Herman said. If Collins can't play, Thompson may fill the position in next week's draft. "It's still in process, which it has been," Thompson said during his pre-draft news conference on Thursday. "It's a process that continues. We don't have any determination at this point."
Collins is out for the season after injuring his neck in the Green Bay Packers' victory at Carolina on Sunday.|||||||
Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Collins spent the night in the hospital and arrived back in Green Bay Monday afternoon. After meeting with the team's medical staff, they determined his season was over. McCarthy says it's not clear if he'll need surgery.
Collins was fined $50,000 for his his helmet-to-helmet hit on Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams on Sunday.|||||||
In a statement, league officials said Collins "violently and unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver" in the neck and head area with his helmet during Sunday night's game at Lambeau Field and called it a "flagrant violation of player safety rules." Williams said after the game that he didn't think NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should punish Collins for the hit.
Collins sat out practice Wednesday because of a nagging knee injury and his status for Sunday is unclear.|||||||
Details of Collins' injury are unclear, so continue to monitor the developments. The Packers are already without rookie safety Morgan Burnett, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL.
The NFL is investigating a confrontation between Collins and a fan after Monday night's loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press the league is "in the process of reviewing all the facts."|||||||
Milwaukee's WITI-TV aired video in which Collins is seen yelling at a fan as he left the field. Collins then appears to throw his mouthpiece into the stands. According to the station's report, Collins said the fan spit on him and used a racial slur. WITI said Collins apologized for "losing his cool." Collins, who has been selected to two straight Pro Bowls, may have been frustrated after being getting called for two penalties that turned the game in the Bears' favor.