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“"Nick is a part of our core, and this is a very difficult day for all Packers," Thompson said. "Making this kind of decision is never easy, especially when it involves someone like Nick Collins. He has meant so much to the community, his teammates and the organization. He is a good man and will always be part of the Packers family." It was the second tough decision the Packers have made this week after releasing veteran left tackle Chad Clifton on Tuesday. But parting with Collins wasn't entirely unexpected. Packers coach Mike McCarthy expressed concerns at last month's NFL meetings. "If Nick's able to come back, that's a great boost for us, but the personal side of it is the concern," McCarthy told reporters. "It's an injury that hopefully the surgery has worked and everything's back in place. But once again you're talking about a risk assessment. That makes me a little nervous." McCarthy said at the time that while the reports about Collins' surgery were positive, that wasn't necessarily going to be enough for the Packers to put him back on the field. "To have Nick Collins back on the practice field and playing games would be huge, but this is more than football," McCarthy said. "Nick's a family man, he's a father, that's no fun standing over someone like that. I don't think any coach wants to see one of their players go through that." The move is unlikely to change the Packers' strategy going into the NFL draft, which begins with the first round Thursday night and continues through Saturday. Given the concerns about Collins, the Packers were likely to look for safety help either way -- although Thompson is adamant that immediate team needs won't compel the Packers to reach for a player.
Making this kind of decision is never easy, especially when it involves someone like Nick Collins. He has meant so much to the community, his teammates and the organization. He is a good man and will always be part of the Packers family.” -- Packers GM Ted Thompson