The Washington Football Team holds a double-digit lead over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, but one of their key contributors on defense won’t return. According to JP Finlay of NBC Sports, Landon Collins is out for the remainder of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
Cart coming out for Landon Collins. Some speculation it could be an Achilles issue. Team announced he's out for the game with an ankle injury.
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 25, 2020
Unfortunately for Washington, Collins left the field on a cart and was taken to the locker room. Also, the injury appeared to be a non-contact injury and Washington fears it could be an Achilles issue.
Since signing with Washington in 2019, Collins has quickly become the leader of the team’s defense. The former second-round pick of the New York Giants is a defensive captain for Washington and is a reliable member of the secondary.
In his first season with Washington, Collins notched 117 tackles, four pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Through the first six weeks of the 2020 season, the veteran safety has accumulated 37 tackles, one pass breakup, and an interception.
Due to the injury to Collins, either Troy Apke or rookie Kamren Curl could be asked to slide in at the strong safety position. Apke has mightily struggled in coverage this season while Curl hasn’t played more than 60 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in a single game this season.
Given the dynamic of the roster, Washington’s strength is on the defensive side of the ball. But if Collins is forced to miss time with his ankle ailment, then they could be without one of their marquee members. It goes without saying that we all hope Collins avoided a serious injury on Sunday versus the Cowboys.