The Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers had to put victory on hold late in their Week Two match-up on Sunday as Packers' safety Nick Collins lay motionless on the floor of Bank of America Stadium.
The Pro Bowl safety was carted off the field after making a diving attempt to tackle Panther running back Jonathan Stewart in the fourth quarter of the 30-23 win over Carolina. His head appears to strike Stewart's thigh and bounced off the turf before he finally came to rest face down.
Collins was able to give a wave to the fans, players and coaches as he left the field. He spent the night in a North Carolina hospital after sustaining a head and neck injury. CT scans were negative and Collins has all movement and feeling in all of his extremities.
Collins, a 2005 second round pick who has played in 95 of his possible 97 career games, hasn't missed a game since 2007.
Head coach Mike McCarthy began his Monday press conference with the news that Collins will miss the remainder of the 2011 season. The safety arrived in Green Bay about 1 PM Monday afternoon and McCarthy said it was "too early in the evaluation process" to determine if Collins would need surgery.
The hard-hitting safety who normally plays through pain is the second member of the Super Bowl champion's secondary to go down with a serious injury in as many weeks. The star of the postseason, Tramon Williams, was hurt in Week One against New Orleans and was unable to play this weekend. Charlie Peprah entered the game and will take any snaps that Collins misses. He played most of 2010 in place of injured rookie safety Morgan Burnett - who was lost for the season in Week Four last season.
Green Bay has allowed 800 yards passing - good for last in the NFL at 400 yards per game.