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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Starter Pack: Nick Collins' return unlikely

By Rob Demovsky

A roundup of what's happening in the Green Bay Packers beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When former Packers safety Nick Collins tweeted a couple of things that made it clear he still has a strong desire to play in the NFL, it was worth wondering if something had changed medically.

That does not appear to be the case.

While our efforts to reach Collins and his agent, Alan Herman, were unsuccessful, ESPNWisconsin.com's Jason Wilde did reach Herman on Tuesday evening and discovered that nothing had changed and doctors still believe Collins' neck injury leaves him at too much risk to return to football.

It was unclear whether that was Collins' own doctor who performed the spinal fusion surgery on his C-3 and C-4 vertebra or the Packers' doctors who would not clear him to return following his 2011 injury.

Either way, it appears those who got their hopes up that the former Pro Bowl performer might return to save a defense that has never really replaced him will be disappointed.

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