Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson noted in Monday’s press conference that Jamie Collins is out for the remainder of the 2017 season due to a torn MCL. Collins, a team captain and pro-bowler in 2015, tore the MCL returning a first quarter interception from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford in the Browns 38-24 loss to the Lions on Sunday. Collins was in pain immediately upon being tackled by Lion offensive lineman Graham Glasnow, who spun him down awkwardly by the shoulders, having Collins leg caught underneath.
Collins, who spent his first four seasons with the Patriots, joined the Browns in 2016 after a mid-season trade. He re-signed with the team this past winter–signing a four year, $50 million dollar extension– and is a huge part of the Browns future. Collins cited coach Hue Jackson’s leadership and a promising future in Cleveland as his main reasons for signing the extension.
The 2017 season has been a road of ups and down for Collins, who has been hampered by poor play and nagging injuries. The linebacker missed three games due to a concussion suffered earlier in the season. Although Collins play has been uneven, his presence was felt upon leaving the game Sunday, as the Lions were able to establish success in both the run and pass game. James Burgess will step in the starting role left behind with the injury.
“That’s unfortunate,” Jackson said of Collins’ injury. “That’s a big blow to our defensive football team. He’s one of our best players and one of our leaders and one of our real good locker room guys. And we’ll miss him. But that’s football. It happens. He’ll grow and get back as soon as he can and be stronger and better for it.” Collins had 26 tackles on the season and his lone interception on the play that ended his season.