New York Giants safety Landon Collins said this week he wasn’t planning on missing any games due to injury, and he has made good on that vow.
Collins, who has been fighting through a high ankle sprain this year, reinjured his ankle in last week’s loss to the Cowboys. Listed as doubtful this week, Collins did just enough to convince the team’s coaching staff Sunday that he would be good to go when the Giants host the Eagles this afternoon.
“I look at it as, people recognize when I’m on the field,” Collins said Wednesday when asked about balancing being smart with an injury versus being stubborn.
“Even though I’m injured, at the same time I can still do something and make a difference and be a playmaker regardless if he’s on the field or not and make plays. Just my presence on the field helps our defense and it betters each one of us knowing that we have all of our guys out on the field.”
Collins has played in 45 consecutive regular-season games since entering the league in 2015. He was voted to his first Pro Bowl last season and is a young, emerging leader on the Giants franchise.
Cornerback Eli Apple, inactive for the last four games, is active this week.
Apple was first inactive in Week 11 after being excused from practice that week to support his mother Annie as she underwent brain surgery.
The second-year cornerback was inactive the following week for the Giants thanksgiving night game at Washington because, as then head coach Ben McAdoo said at the time, Apple hadn’t gotten in enough practice reps in the short workweek.
Apple then developed a hip injury late in the week leading up to the Raiders game and was scratched that Sunday. He was scratched again last week in the game against Dallas, a game in which he drew the ire of the team after tweeting during the game, a violation of NFL social media guidelines.
Spagnuolo said that any repercussions stemming from Apple’s latest missteps would be handled internally.
ESPN reported that Apple, who also disputed teammate Landon Collins’’ claim that he had reached out to offer support to the struggling cornerback, was fined for his lack of judgment.
Cornerback Brandon Dixon, who has filled in at cornerback, is nursing a hamstring injury but he will be active this week as well.
As previously announced by the team Friday, safety Nat Berhe is inactive. Berhe suffered a hamstring last week and was added to the team’s injury report Thursday, listed as limited. He was held out of practice Friday.
The rest of the Giants inactives include receivers Travis Rudolph and Hunter Sharp, running back Paul Perkins, linebacker Jeremy Cash, offensive lineman Damien Mama and quarterback Davis Webb.
Sharp and Mama were added to the 53-man roster this week. Perkins has been active the last six weeks, but didn’t play on Nov, 19 against the Chiefs despite being active. He’s had three carries for 12 yards over that period.