Nick Collins, where art thou?

Will Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins have more opportunities to greet fans on his way to training camp practice? Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Tell me if I’m wrong, but it seems to me about one week ago Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins’ agent came out publicly saying that his player client was to be meeting with coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson.

Did I miss something?

The week has come and gone and not a word about Collins on any news site, nor the Packers official site … not an inkling, not a sighting, not a single letter has been typed about his whereabouts or whether he has even met with the Packers.

I believe that Collins said he would be sure to let the Packers know his intent by the time the NFL Draft rolls around. Well, it’s rolling ever-closer, so something should be coming soon …

The initial comments from his agent a week ago was that Collins was feeling physically well and indicated he wanted to come back to the team. The real question at this point is whether the Packers will allow him back. Both McCarthy and Thompson have indicated that Collins would have to do a significant song and dance to get him back on the Lambeau Field turf.

McCarthy and Thompson were both reticent in coming out in support of Collins’ return to the field.

In fact, most are more concerned about Collins’ health, given that he just had surgery on his neck six months ago. Though the medical field has grown in treatments of all neck-related injuries (see Peyton Manning here), it’s still a sticky situation for the Packers.

Even the fans who answered the poll questions on this site voted in the majority that Collins skip his attempt to come back and stay away from football.

No doubt Collins would have to take time to get back into playing condition. That won’t happen overnight. He hasn’t played the game in many months. Would he come back at the same level he left? Probably not. Do the Packers have the wherewithal and patience to work with a player who may or may not be the same? That’s the question MM and TT must answer.

But before all those questions can be answered there must be a meeting between all parties involved with the cards placed on the table.

My guess is that something will break this week and by the time Nick Collins leaves 1265 Lombardi Ave. a decision on which direction the team – and Collins – will be headed should be wrapped up.

Whatever the decision, we only hope it’s made with all factors considered. We would love to see Nick Collins roaming the Packers defensive backfield once again, but we also want what’s best for his health and family.

Stay tuned …

Topics: Green Bay Packers, Mike McCarthy, Nick Collins, Peyton Manning, Ted Thompson

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