GLENDALE, Ariz. — Landon Collins noticed the X-ray of his damaged proper forearm at halftime on Sunday and broke down crying with the data that his season is over.
“I do not bear in mind the final time I even cried, and as quickly as I noticed the image up on the X-ray, man, I broke down,” a crushed Collins mentioned at his locker. “I could not maintain it in. I broke down.
“It is the worst feeling on this planet, to not be capable to play with my boys, that is what damage me essentially the most,” Collins added. “I got here in right here crying. That is what damage me essentially the most. It is not the damage as a result of I can attempt to battle via an damage. However to not be capable to play as a result of it is broke(n)…”
Collins, 23, the Giants’ third-year sturdy security, mentioned it is “very uncommon” for him to cry. But it surely was troublesome for him to be standing together with his arm in a sling solely 5 days after the excessive of studying he’d made his second straight Professional Bowl.
Collins has labored a lot of the season on a excessive ankle sprain he suffered in Week 5 in opposition to the Chargers however he hadn’t missed a recreation, enjoying the final two weeks regardless that each he and interim coach Steve Spagnuolo had admitted he most likely should not have been on the sphere.
And so it was much more irritating that Collins’ ankle wasn’t what doomed him however a brand new damage sustained on Collins’ huge hit on Cardinals operating again D.J. Foster late within the second quarter.
“I knew it was broke(n) as a result of I may nonetheless transfer my fingers and my wrist but when I push on you, I could not try this. I could not resist it,” Collins mentioned. “And after I mentioned one thing was unsuitable then I felt a click on, and I saved feeling the clicking, so I used to be like one thing’s unsuitable with my wrist. And I did not go down (on the sphere) due to the ache, I simply went down as a result of there was a two-minute sequence so I needed to cease the clock … And one thing did not really feel proper. It felt bizarre.”
The Cardinals then promptly scored their first landing on the very subsequent play after Collins exited, changed by Andrew Adams, on a 13-yard Drew Stanton TD move to Larry Fitzgerald. Collins at the very least was proud, nevertheless, regardless that he did not make it to Week 17, that he did all he may via his accidents till he could not do any extra.
“It is robust, for me undoubtedly robust, “Collins mentioned of this season, “simply making an attempt to play via accidents and making an attempt to be on the sphere with my guys as a lot as attainable and determine some type of approach. I attempted my finest, and I can maintain my head up excessive for that. I attempted my finest.”
ENGRAM GOES DOWN, TOO
Rookie tight finish Evan Engram, the group’s main receiver this season, left Sunday’s recreation with a rib damage within the first quarter and didn’t return. Engram was injured reaching for an Eli Manning move that tipped off his finger and was intercepted by Antoine Bethea, the Cardinals security’s first of two INTs on the day. Spagnuolo could not say how severe Engram’s damage was instantly after the sport.
Wideout Sterling Shepard, who handled what the group referred to as migraines a couple of weeks in the past, additionally left the sport halfway via the fourth quarter with a neck damage after being pushed laborious into the turf on a catch. However Shepard mentioned “I haven’t got a head damage. My neck is simply sore. It is all good, although.”
“It is not too dangerous,” Shepard mentioned. “It is simply they made me come out of the sport. I wasn’t gonna come out the sport however they made me come out. It is irritating, although.”
The Giants actually have handled an unbelievable quantity of accidents to their high receivers: Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris all suffered season-ending accidents in Week 5. Shepard has been banged up all through the season. Tavarres King, who caught two TD passes in Week 15 in opposition to the Eagles, didn’t journey and missed Sunday’s recreation in Arizona with a concussion. And now Engram goes down.
On Sunday, linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) additionally was inactive together with wholesome defensive ends Romeo Okwara and Avery Moss, punt returner Kalif Raymond, and recently-signed offensive lineman Damien Mama, and injured starters WR Tavarres King (concussion) and LB B.J. Goodson (ankle). Spagnuolo claimed accidents in his secondary required him to decorate extra defensive backs and due to this fact depart Okwara and Moss in avenue garments.