Wide receiver Sterling Shepard (hamstring), linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) are expected to be fine. They were not listed on the team's final injury report of the week.
Collins didn’t practice Friday. He thought earlier in the week he would be able to play.
“He didn’t go [Friday] but we got a little bit of work out of him [Thursday]. But he’s a tough guy, so you know him. He wants to play,” interim coach Steve Spagnuolo said. “We’ll see what happens when we get to Sunday.”
The Giants have said throughout the week they will be careful to protect Collins against himself. He already played through a high ankle sprain earlier this season.
Collins has never missed a game in his three professional seasons. He leads the Giants with 97 tackles this season.
Safety Nat Berhe (hamstring) is listed as out for this Sunday’s matchup with the Eagles. That leaves the Giants short on healthy safeties.
Second-year player Andrew Adams is expected to start in Collins’ place. Ryan Murphy will likely be elevated from the practice squad over the weekend to provide depth at the position.
Other Giants injuries to monitor:
The Giants (2-11) should at least be aided by the return of Goodson, who had missed five of the previous six games.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison is also expected to play despite sitting out Wednesday’s practice and being limited on Thursday. The Giants were resting their top defensive lineman, who has been banged up in recent weeks.