New York Giants star safety Landon Collins is facing a second surgery on the right forearm he fractured in late December that will likely sideline him until training camp.
Collins told The Record and NorthJersey.com on Wednesday night that his arm injury is not healing as quickly as the team’s medical staff hoped, and that he has accepted the recommendation of three different doctors that another medical procedure is needed to help the healing process.
The expected recovery, if Collins opted for surgery as expected, would be 6-8 weeks before he can return to full football activity. That would keep him out of action for the entire offseason program, which began Monday.
“I hate surgery,” Collins told The Record and NorthJersey.com via text message. “And then I’m thinking I’m fine and excited about this season, being on the field for OTAs [organized team activity]. It’s a bone. It’s going to come back stronger, so it shouldn’t affect nothing I’m trying to do [moving forward].”
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Collins, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He is expected to be a key piece in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s defense, and Collins said in a conference call Monday that he was “100 percent” after the injury in Week 16 forced him to miss the Giants’ regular season finale.
Collins has topped 100 tackles in each of his three previous seasons, earning All-Pro status in 2016. He said Monday he is not focused on his contract status.
“I’m just letting it just work itself out. I’m not really going through the negotiating part,” Collins said of his contract status. “I’m going to leave that between [general manager] Dave Gettleman and my agent and then go from there. From that point on, I’m just here trying to make new friends with my boys, new relationships and be a captain like I’ve always been.”
Collins and the Giants might have to wait until the summer to see him back on the field.
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