Landon Collins Out for Rest of Game vs. Eagles Due to Ankle Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2017

New York Giants safety Landon Collins #21 during an NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Brad Penner)
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New York Giants safety Landon Collins suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, and the team announced he would not return.

Collins is one of New York's defensive leaders, and the team can ill afford to lose him for significant time after he reached the Pro Bowl in 2016 with five interceptions and 125 combined tackles. 

The Alabama product entered the day leading the team with 102 tackles this year, with Damon Harrison a distant second at 64.

Collins was a consensus All-American in 2014 at Alabama and immediately adapted to the NFL game with his ability to provide run support and dish out big hits when players crossed over the middle. He appeared in all 16 contests as a rookie and tallied 112 combined tackles and an interception.

Others must now fill the void in the secondary alongside Darian Thompson until Collins returns to the field.

Look for Andrew Adams to slide into Collins' role for the time being. While Adams and Thompson can keep the Giants afloat, it is unrealistic to expect them to replicate Collins' production. Unless he quickly returns to full health, it is difficult to envision New York's defense slowing down the offenses it faces the remainder of the year.

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