Neck injury ends season for Packers’ Collins

The neck injury that Packers safety Nick Collins suffered Sunday against the Panthers will end his 2011 season.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed the news during his Monday news conference. Collins is still being evaluated, but the decision was made to shut down the All-Pro.

McCarthy said Collins returned from Charlotte on Monday after an overnight stay at a local hospital. He was wearing a neck brace and attended a team meeting.

“He arrived back in Green Bay at about one o’clock (on Monday),” McCarthy said. “Nick told the team about it.”

Collins was injured while trying to make a tackle during the fourth quarter. As Collins dove toward Panthers RB Jonathan 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 gave a slight wave to the crowd with his right hand as he was being carried off.

— Dan Hanzus

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