Despite a losing record, the New York Giants, or at least Odell Beckham Jr., were holding out hope for a playoff run. That’s since been silenced. With eight losses, there’s virtually no path for them to make the postseason. Now comes injury on top of insult. Safety Landon Collins will need shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Giants S Landon Collins has a torn labrum in his shoulder that will require season-ending surgery, according to sources. He is going on injured reserve.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 5, 2018
Collins has been a mainstay in the Giants secondary. But this being a contract year, he’ll now head into free agency this offseason with significant question marks regarding his health.
Previously, the fourth-year defensive back had only missed a single game in his tenure with the Giants. After contributing eight interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four sacks, and a total of 428 tackles, Collins’ time in New York could be winding down.
— New York Giants (@Giants) December 5, 2018
If healthy, Collins stood to see a sizeable contract offer come his way. If a team believes he can make a full recovery – and at this point, there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t – that offer could still be in the cards. However, this injury certainly throws a wrench in that scenario.
The 24-year-old is headed for the injured reserve list. He ended last season there, too, but only was placed there with only one game left on the Giants’ schedule.
In 2015, Collins was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team and he subsequently made the AP’s All-Pro first team in 2016. He was also named a Pro Bowler in 2016 and 2017, although the injury in 2017 kept him from playing in the game.
Originally, Collins got to the Giants by way of a second-round draft pick (33rd overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Alabama.