As the Packers open camp, they will begin the process of putting each player through a medical exam to ensure that they are healthy and ready to prepare for the upcoming season.   This is also the time when players reconnect and catch up on what they have been doing during the offseason.   One face that will be visibly absent for the first time in 8 years is Nick Collins.  The Pro Bowl safety was hurt in week 2 of the 2011 season and never returned after surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck.  The team monitored the surgery and healing process closely during the offseason and were faced with the difficult decision to release Collins when it became apparent that continuing to play presented too much risk.  The Packers also have just released...

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