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Landon Collins healthy, won’t worry about contract

The Giants’ All-Pro safety is back on the field

Landon Collins watching from the sideline on Friday.
Ed Valentine (Big Blue View)

The New York Giants got one of their best players back on the field when practice started on Thursday.

It was a surprise when All-Pro safety Landon Collins needed surgery to help his fractured forearm heal. He suffered the injury in week 16 last year, landing him on the injured reserve for the team’s final game. The injury, and subsequent surgery, kept him out of most of the Giants’ off-season program, and he participated only sparingly in the later stages of the spring.

But now Collins is back healthy.

Collins’ arm is fully healed

“The arm is 100 percent. I’d like to say 110 percent, but the reality is 100 percent. I’m not limited at all, I’m a full-go, 100 percent.”

Collins also acknowledged that he was injured (a sprained ankle) most of last year, a fact we didn’t learn until after the season, and that he was unable to make the plays that he knows that he is capable of making.

The Giants were careful with Collins and his surgically repaired forearm throughout the off-season program, but Collins added that he would not need any extra protection on the arm when the pads go on and they aren’t worried about contact.

Not worried about contract

“Aww man, I just wanna play ball, honestly!”

That was Collins’ answer when a reporter asked if he was thinking about his contract. While the discussion regarding Odell Beckham Jr’s contract has dominated the news around the Giants, he isn’t the only star player on the Giants’ roster looking at a big payday. Collins will also be in the last year of his rookie deal in 2018, but he isn’t worried about it.

“if I weigh on it will cause me to push for plays and plays will go over my head. Bad stuff will happen, so I just go out there and play ball and that’s what I have been doing,” Collins said. “It’s gotten me this far and I’m not going to change it.

“I just want to worry about football.”