Collins (shoulder) will not play in the Pro Bowl due to injury, Mark Inabinett of AL.com reports.
Collins presumably remains on the mend from December shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left arm. He will be replaced by Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins.
Collins (shoulder) said Tuesday he would be willing to play under the franchise tag if necessary, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.
Collins missed the final four games of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery and is set to hit free agency in 2019, though the Giants could retain his rights with the franchise tag. The 2015 second-round pick also expressed a desire to remain in New York and is hopeful for an extension, but he didn't give any indication he would consider a holdout if tagged. The 25-year-old would likely be fairly sought after if allowed to reach the open market.
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.
New York has yet to make the transaction official and may not after taking a few more days 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.
|2015||New York Giants||16||112||84.0||28||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||9|
|2016||New York Giants||16||125||100.0||25||4||5||72||14.4||44||1||13|
|2017||New York Giants||15||104||78.0||26||0||2||21||10.5||21||0||6|
|2018||New York Giants||12||96||67.0||29||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2015||New York Giants||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||New York Giants||16||0||0||0||0||1||6||1||0|
|2017||New York Giants||15||0||0||1||0||2||33||2||0|
|2018||New York Giants||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|