Giants safety Collins out for sea­son with shoul­der in­jury

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Tom Cana­van 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 twotime 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.

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