The star safety has been dealing with an ankle injury.
Giants interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said earlier in the week that the team may need to “protect Landon (Collins) from himself.” It appears that’s what the Giants are doing, as Collins is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Eagles due to an ankle injury.
Collins, who has started the first 45 games of his career, said on Wednesday that he expected to play. He was a limited participant in Thursday’s practice, but the Giants are understandably being cautious with their young star.
“He didn’t go today, but we got a little bit of work out of him yesterday,” Spagnuolo said after Friday’s practice. “He’s a tough guy. You know him, he wants to play. So we’ll see what happens when we get to Sunday because tomorrow is just a jog-through.”
It appears that the decision has already been made, however, because the Giants will promote practice squad safety Ryan Murphy to the active roster, according to a person familiar situation. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Murphy has been on the Giants’ practice squad all season. There is no word yet on a corresponding roster move.
The Giants are extremely shorthanded at safety because Nat Berhe has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. That left the Giants with just two healthy safeties, Darian Thompson and Andrew Adams.
Even with the shortage of defensive backs, Spagnuolo wouldn’t reveal if embattled second-year cornerback Eli Apple will be active on Sunday.
“We’ll see where the roster goes right now,” Spagnuolo said. “I’m kind of doing the numbers of the 46 (active players) and it’s flowing. But we’ll figure it out by Sunday. And I certainly wouldn’t want to say anything now anyway to the opposition.”
Spagnuolo said he didn’t intervene in the public back-and-forth between Apple and Collins that took place on Thursday.
“We’re a family,” Spagnuolo said. “There’s going to be disagreements in families. Grown men. I’m banking on it will all get worked out.”
Here’s the full injury report for Sunday’s game:
*S Nat Berhe (hamstring): Out
Berhe leaves a void in the kicking game, as he leads the Giants with 10 special teams tackles.
*S Landon Collins (ankle): Doubtful
It looks like Collins won’t play, but a final decision about his status hasn’t been announced yet.
*CB Brandon Dixon (heel/hamstring): Questionable
Dixon was a limited participant in practice all week. The cornerback has played nearly every snap in the past two games since being promoted from the practice squad.
*WR Roger Lewis (ankle): Questionable
Things are trending in the right direction for Lewis, who was a limited participant in practice on Thursday and Friday.
*WR Travis Rudolph (hamstring): Questionable
Rudolph was a limited participant in practice all week. His status on Sunday may be determined by his health and the depth chart, as the Giants added wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the roster this week.
*DT Damon Harrison (not injury related): Will play
The Giants rested Harrison in practice this week, but he was a full participant on Friday and he will play on Sunday.
*WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring): Will play
Shepard doesn’t have an injury designation for Sunday despite being limited in practice on Thursday and Friday.
*TE Rhett Ellison (finger): Will play
Ellison doesn’t have an injury designation after being a limited participant in practice all week.
*LB B.J. Goodson (ankle): Will play
Goodson will return to the starting lineup after missing last week’s game. Goodson is expected to be back at middle linebacker with Devon Kennard on the strong side and Kelvin Sheppard on the weak side.
*DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger): Will play
Pierre-Paul will play despite wearing a club on his right hand during practice this week.
*DE Romeo Okwara (knee): Won’t play
Spagnuolo said Okwara probably won’t be activated from injured reserve for Sunday’s game. The Giants will likely activate Okwara, who has been on injured reserve since spraining his MCL in Week 6, next week.
*Questionable: G Stefen Wisniewski