In a Week 13 overtime victory against the Chicago Bears, New York Giants safety Landon Collins suffered an obvious shoulder injury and, at one point, was temporarily removed from the game for 11 snaps.
In the aftermath of the improbable victory, Collins revealed that he was and had been hampered by a shoulder issue, but refused to use it as an excuse for his sometimes erratic play.
“It depends on what the injury is,” Collins told reporters when asked if it was something he could play through. “A shoulder injury calls for tackling. So it’s more of tackling and getting guys down, trying to push through and run. Last year I had an ankle injury, so it’s more of not twisting it or planting the wrong way. It has its ups and downs. It depends on how you feel during the game or after.”
Collins seemed to imply the injury would not prevent in him playing in Week 14 and beyond, but Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Tuesday that the former All-Pro safety is now facing season-ending surgery.
Additionally, Ian Rapoport reports that Collins is already considered out against the Washington Redskins.
Collins ended last season on injured reserve (IR) after suffering an ankle injury — a designation that did not sit well with the Pro Bowler, who admitted that tears flowed when he was informed his season was over.
In his career, Collins has missed just one game for the Giants, which came in Week 17 of the 2017 season — and 18-10 victory over the Washington Redskins.
Collins, 24, in in the final year of his rookie contract and, at least thus far, has not engaged in long-term contract talks with the Giants. So not only may his season be over, but his New York career may also be over.
If Collins is forced to the sidelines come Sunday, Michael Thomas, Curtis Riley and Sean Chandler all stand to see increased roles.