Collins (neck) racked up 101 tackles, one sack, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles over 14 games in 2020. Within arguably the worst linebacking corps in the NFL, Collins again showed his worth as one of the most versatile linebackers in the league despite his advanced age (31). Not only was he, once again, a highly versatile chess piece that helped out in both the run and passing game, Collins came through in the stat sheet as well with his second 100-tackle campaign in the past three years. While one can certainly question his production as a pass rusher, nitpickers should keep in mind that Detroit -- which allowed franchise-worst marks in points (519) and yards allowed (6,978) in 2020 -- gave opponents little reason to go away from the run game this year. Not to mention, there were few other Lions defenders that opposing offenses actually needed to account for. With two more years left on his contract at a very team-friendly rate of $10 million per season, Collins should again be a significant IDP contributor in 2021. That he was able to fit in a limited practice before ultimately sitting out Week 17 suggests Collins' neck injury isn't overly concerning.
Collins (neck) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Vikings. Collins is set to miss a second straight game to close out the season. Reggie Ragland figures to see more playing time in Collins' stead. The 31-year-old linebacker enjoyed a solid first season with Detroit, posting 101 tackles (55 solo), a sack, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He's under contract for two more years.
Collins (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. The veteran linebacker sat out the first two practices of the week, but he progressed to limited participation Friday to earn the questionable tag. Collins missed his first game of the season last week but could be back on the field for the season finale.
Collins (neck) is listed as inactive for Saturday's matchup against the Buccaneers. Collins sat out the entire practice week after his 79 percent defensive snap share in last Sunday's loss to Tennessee represented his lowest since Week 2. With the two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker unavailable to face former teammate Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, Reggie Ragland is in line to garner an enhanced workload at one of Detroit's outside linebacker spots.
Collins (neck) did not practice Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. The Lions didn't hold practice Tuesday, but Collins was listed as an estimated DNP for that session as well. Given that this is a short week for Detroit -- they play Tampa Bay on Saturday -- logging at least a limited session Thursday could be crucial for Collins' chances of suiting up. Reggie Ragland would likely start in Collins' place if the latter is unable to play Saturday.
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