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Nick Collins’ Agent Says Surgery “Went Well”

September 30, 2011

Packers safety Nick Collins has received no assurances that he will ever play football again, but Thursday’s surgery to repair a herniated disc marked the first step towards a return.

After seeing “at least seven specialists and neuro-surgeons” Collins chose to have Dr. Frank Cammisa, Chief of the Spine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, fuse two of his neck vertebrae.

Following the surgery, Collins’ agent, Alan Herman, was cautiously optimistic.

“[Dr. Cammisa] felt good about everything,” said Herman via Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He felt it went well. The point that was made was the you don’t know until six months down the road. You see how the healing process goes.

“You can’t gauge what will happen, whether there will be any narrowing with the (spinal) canal or remaining tissue. That will be the determining factor as far as his career. It’s all based on the healing process.”

Collins’ injury did not necessarily require surgery, but if he wanted to play football again, the procedure was the only option.

“The doctor was very clear about in terms of the surgery,” Herman said. “Nick totally understands the need to do this. This was the way to go. It’s going to give him a chance. He would like the possibility of playing again.”

Knowing nothing is guaranteed, Nick Collins — and the entirety of Packer nation —  are hoping things will look better in six months.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed now,” said Herman. “When we look at it again, we hope things will be fine.”

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