Nick Collins decision looms next week

We discussed last week the complicated decision the Green Bay Packers could face on safety Nick Collins, who has been rehabilitating from a serious neck injury that has jeopardized his career. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has twice expressed hesitation about bringing Collins back in 2012, regardless of the results of his latest medical tests, and it appears we are at least a week away from a resolution.

Collins was scheduled to visit a neck specialist late last week, and his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter that a meeting has been scheduled for next week in Green Bay to discuss the issue. Agent Alan Herman said Collins "looks and feels terrific" but offered no specifics on Collins' test results.

In a perfect world, the Packers would welcome Collins back if he has a clean bill of health. But it doesn't appear the issue is that black and white. Emotion and responsibility will also play into the discussion. I don't want to hazard a guess as to what might happen. But the head coach is clearly conflicted, and for that reason we must consider every possible outcome. One of them is the return of a Pro Bowl safety. Another is his release. Stay tuned.