Collins (shoulder) underwent surgery Tuesday, and it went off without a hitch. Collins will miss the remainder of 2018 because of the shoulder injury, but there's nothing to suggest he won't be ready by the time the 2019 campaign begins firing up. The fourth-year safety could hit free agency this offseason, if he doesn't reach a contract extension with the Giants before then, and would likely be a valued commodity on the open market.
Collins (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo surgery in the near future to address a labrum issue and will be placed on injured reserve, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports. There was some thought of Collins playing through the injury, but it wouldn't make much sense in a contract season with his team out of the playoff hunt. The 2015 second-round pick doesn't have any sacks or interceptions this season, but he's tied for 11th in the NFL with 96 tackles, placing him just one behind Arizona's Antoine Bethea for the league lead among defensive backs. Collins will be one of the top names on the market if the Giants don't re-sign him before free agency opens in March. In the meantime, Michael Thomas will likely take over as the starting strong safety.
The Giants have ruled Collins (shoulder) out for their Week 14 game in Washington and are expected to place him on injured reserve, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. New York has yet to make the transaction official and may not until having more time to evaluate Collins' left shoulder injury, but coach Pat Shurmur acknowledged earlier Wednesday that the safety will likely require surgery. In order to preserve his health heading into free agency, Collins isn't expected to play through the injury as the Giants wind down the regular season and will likely undergo the procedure next week. Michael Thomas and Sean Chandler should be in line for increased roles at strong safety over the final quarter of the campaign while Collins is on the shelf.
Coach Pat Shurmur acknowledged Wednesday that Collins will "most likely" require surgery to address his left shoulder injury, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Shurmur noted that an official decision on surgery won't be made for a couple of days, as there's a chance Collins could continue to play through the shoulder issue at some point over the Giants' final four games. It seems more likely than not that Collins will err on the side of caution and go under the knife with free agency -- and a lucrative payday -- looming in March. If Collins is in fact shut down for the rest of 2018, Michael Thomas and Sean Chandler would receive increased snaps alongside the Giants' other starting safety, Curtis Riley.
Collins (shoulder) is considering season-ending surgery to correct the shoulder injury he sustained during last Sunday's victory over Chicago, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports. Collins recently underwent X-rays on his left shoulder, and the scans reportedly came back clean. While Collins isn't expected to play in this weekend's game against the Redskins anyway, fantasy owners may need to have a long-term contingency plan in place in case Collins chooses to go under the knife in the near future. The fourth-year pro is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year.