Gi­ants safety Collins out for sea­son with shoul­der in­jury

The Record (Troy, NY) - - SPORTS - By TomCana­van AP Sports Writer

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. (AP) >> New York Gi­ants safety and lead­ing tack­ler Lan­don Collins is go­ing to miss the rest of the sea­son with a shoul­der in­jury.

The Gi­ants said Wed­nes­day that Collins has a par­tially torn labrum and will need surgery. The team had said ear­lier Collins would not play Sun­day in Wash­ing­ton.

The ex­pected re­cov­ery time for this type of in­jury can be any­where from four to six months.

Collins was not in the locker room be­fore the prac­tice to com­ment.

An All-Pro in 2106 and a

two-time Pro Bowler, Collins was hurt in Sun­day’s over­time win against the Chicago Bears. He left the game late in the first half after as­sist­ing on a tackle against half­back Tarik Co­hen. He re­turned at least twice in the sec­ond half and has 96 tack­les.

“Lan­don dis­plays what he is, he’s a very tough guy, very good tack­ler, he’s made a lot of plays for us, es­pe­cially close to the line of scrim­mage,” coach Pat Shur­mur said of Collins’ sea­son. “I’ve said it numer­ous times, in a sport where tough­ness is re­quired, he’s got a lot of it, so that’s what I ap­pre­ci­ate about him.”

Collins has led the Gi­ants in tack­les in each of his first three sea­sons. His con­tract ex­pires after this sea­son. The sec­ond- round draft pick in 2015 has started 60 of the team’s 61 reg­u­lar- sea­son and post­sea­son games. He missed the 2017 sea­son fi­nale after frac­tur­ing a fore­arm.

“It (stinks) not hav­ing my guy next to me, but it’s a next-man- up league, so that’s what we got to do,” fel­low start­ing safety Cur­tis Ri­ley said. “It’s go­ing to feel a lit­tle funny, but that’s my guy, so I got to do it. We got to do it.”

Ve t e r a n Mi c h a e l Thomas and rookie Sean Chan­dler prob­a­bly will share Collins’ work­load on Sun­day.

“Ob­vi­ously we’re go­ing to miss him, but it’s an op­por­tu­nity for young guys to step up, our new guys to step up,” said Thomas, who had five tack­les Sun­day.

“You don’t just re­place a guy like LC, two- time Pro Bowl player, All- Pro safety. You don’t just re­place that, so that’s my brother, we’re go­ing to ride for him.”

Chan­dler, who had one tackle against the Bears, said he would be ready.

Chan­dler was an un­drafted free agent out of Tem­ple. He played in the NFLPA bowl game in Jan­uary and was coached by Thomas, who signed with the Gi­ants as a free agent in the off­sea­son.

“He has al­ways tried to give me the in­side scoop and way I can do things bet­ter,” Chan­dler said of Thomas. “He has al­ways told me to work hard and he still does that.”


Chicago Bears run­ning back Jor­dan Howard (24) is up­ended by New York Gi­ants strong safety Lan­don Collins dur­ing the first half of an NFL foot­ball game, Sun­day, Dec. 2, 2018, in East Ruther­ford, N.J.

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