Giants head coach Pat Shurmur delivered news to the media that nobody wanted to here.
Safety Landon Collins “most likely will require” shoulder surgery after sustaining an injury during the team’s Week 13 win over the Bears. The decision is not yet final on whether or not the surgery will be performed, but Collins met with team officials today to discuss it.
The 24-year-old received X-rays on his left shoulder that came back negative, but further testing showed there was clearly an injury.
This is a tough break for the Pro Bowl safety, who is to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The former 2015 second-round pick can either receive a long-term deal from the Giants, or New York has the option to franchise tag him.
Collins spoke to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano recently about the possibility of getting franchise tagged as trade rumors began to swirl around him with the trade deadline approaching.
“I don’t know,” Collins said on if the Giants want him long-term. “Does it make me wonder? Yeah. It definitely does.”
This Sunday against the Redskins will be the second time in Collins’ four-year career, with his first coming last year in the season finale after suffering a broken forearm. In 12 games this year, Collins is once again leading the Giants with 96 tackles and has a forced fumble.
Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley, Sean Chandler and Kamrin Moore are the Giants’ healthy safeties entering Sunday.