Green Bay Packers starting free safety Nick Collins sustained a very scary neck injury in the fourth quarter of the game Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, if you didn't see. On a third down play in the red zone, Cam Newton threw a dump-off pass to Jonathan Stewart, who powered through a few Packers defenders and attempted to jump over Collins. Stewart's rear end landed awkwardly on the head of Collins, causing him to go down. He didn't appear to be moving, and it was a scary moment.
The good news is that Collins appears to be just fine. We got a hint that it wasn't extremely serious when Collins waved to the crowd as he was stretchered off the field, and ESPN NFL reporter Adam Schefter has reported via his twitter feed that Collins has movement in all of his extremities. He will be hospitalized overnight as a precaution.
Obviously, this is absolutely wonderful news. I'm sure people were a lot more concerned about Collins' health and safety than Collins as a football player, and it appears that his injury will not have any effect on his life beyond football. We await word on his status going forward.