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Packer safety Nick Collins debuts at off-season conditioning program

Green Bay Packers' safety Nick Collins made his first appearance last week at the team's off-season conditioning program.

Coach Mike McCarthy expects Collins to show up for the Packers' voluntary organized team activities that begin later this month.

Until now, Collins had stayed away from the Packers' conditioning sessions because he wants to see progress on talks for a new contract.

He's entering the final year of his rookie package. Collins has also been tending to family matters, including the recent birth of his third child.

McCarthy said it was important for Collins to learn the Pack's new defensive scheme and meet with new safeties' coach Darren Perry and defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

The Packers' rookies and undrafted free agents held their final orientation day Sunday.

They'll return May 17 for more workouts.

The Packers were expected to decide by today which of the 20 players they brought in for tryouts will get another look.

Green Bay has two spots open on its 80-man roster.