The New York Giants just suffered a huge blow to their defensive backfield.
According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, Giants safety Landon Collins will be placed on the injured reserve due to a shoulder injury, knocking him out for the remainder of the season. Collins is expected to undergo surgery next week.
I'm told #Giants S Landon Collins (shoulder) is going to IR. He will need surgery. The procedure will likely be next week, per source.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) December 5, 2018
Collins suffered the injury this past weekend against the Chicago Bears while tackling running back Tarik Cohen late in the third quarter. Yet, Collins would return to the game after a brief stint on the sidelines.
The All-Pro safety had already been ruled out for Week 14 against the Washington Redskins, but the belief was he would require the season-ending surgery.
Coach Shurmur: Landon Collins has a shoulder injury that will most likely require surgery. It’s not final yet. We’ve been getting it evaluated for the past couple of days.— New York Giants (@Giants) December 5, 2018
Collins' injury could not have come at a worse time, as he's supposed to hit free agency at season's end. When healthy, Collins is one of the top safeties in the entire league. With this latest blip on the radar, it could hurt his value on the market, but that's only if the Giants don't use the franchise tag on him.
With the Giants hoping to win out for the remainder of the season, it will become much more difficult without their star defensive player.