EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Landon Collins has been battling a badly sprained ankle for more than two months. It's not getting any better, the Giants have nothing left to play for, and even he knows it's probably time to shut it down.
He just won't.
"I shouldn't play. No, not at all. I should not," Collins said on Wednesday. "That's the correct answer.
"But that's not going to be my answer."
Collins may not get a choice to give that answer if the Giants decide to end his season this week - something interim coach Steve Spagnuolo admitted they were considering last week, too. Instead, they listed Collins - the Giants' lone Pro Bowler - as "doubtful" last week, and then let him play in the Giants' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Not surprisingly, Collins left that game early after re-injuring his ankle. He was again unable to practice on Wednesday afternoon, but he's yet to be ruled out for the game in Arizona on Sunday.
"He's still hopeful," Spagnuolo said. "We'll see. We got to be careful."
Yes they do. And so does Collins, who clearly knew he pushed himself a little too far last week.
"No, I wasn't 100% at all," Collins said. "I just felt like my presence on the field would help my defense. It kind of did in the first half and I tried to just make it work from there. It was working until I tweaked it."
The risk that he might tweak it again - or perhaps hurt it worse and end up needing offseason surgery - seems unnecessary with the Giants at 2-12 and going through the motions for the final two weeks of this miserable season. Unless he's forced, though, Collins has no intention of shutting himself down.
"No. Not at all. That's not built in me," Collins said. "I'm definitely going to give my other guys some reps at the position, but I'm definitely not in the mindset to shut it down."