Packers’ Collins leaves game on stretcher

The Packers lost All-Pro safety Nick Collins to what appeared to be a head/neck injury during the fourth quarter Sunday against the Panthers.

Collins was injured trying to make a tackle on Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart. After Collins dove toward Stewart’s legs, his helmet hit Stewart’s hip area and his neck bent awkwardly. He landed face-down on the turf. Collins was taken off the field on a stretcher, but as he was being carried off he gave a slight wave to the crowd with his right hand.

UPDATE: The Packers released a statement following the game containing some good news regarding Collins, who has “normal feeling and complete movement in his extremities,” according to the team. Collins will be kept in the hospital overnight for observation and will undergo “further testing and evaluation” when he returns to Green Bay.

— Frank Tadych

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