Collins recently underwent surgery to repair a stress reaction to the fifth metatarsal in his left foot that he first starting having troubles with in late October. It's a fortunate development for player and team alike that the 2016 third-rounder won't need to miss any practice time this offseason.
Collins finished the regular season with 22 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, in 16 games.
While he played a full schedule, Collins was hampered by hip and foot injuries that cut his sack total in half from 2016, with the latter issue requiring offseason surgery. He should be fully recovered by training camp, and the Cowboys still think he could become an impact performer in their front seven, but his role as the three-technique in Rod Marinelli's 4-3 defense puts a limit on his IDP upside even if Collins does break out next year.
Collins recently underwent surgery on his left foot, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Collins previously underwent surgery on his right foot prior to the start of his rookie season of 2016 and appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys that year, so this latest foot procedure shouldn't affect his readiness for the 2018 campaign. Despite being bothered by the left foot issue throughout the past season, Collins once again played all 16 games, accruing 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks along the way.
Collins has been playing through a foot injury for a good chunk of the season, but will yet again suit up in a must-win for the Cowboys. The second-year defensive tackle will do his best to plug holes for Marshawn Lynch and the Raiders run game Sunday night.
Collins' foot injury limited his participation in practices throughout the week, but it's not expected to sideline him for Week 15. Look for Collins to start at the three-technique tackle spot, with Richard Ash filling in at nose tackle for David Irving (concussion), who has been ruled out for the contest.
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