ALLEN PARK – With Jamie Collins still on the trading block, the Detroit Lions are keeping the seasoned linebacker in street clothes for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Lions officially banned Collins on Friday afternoon, while Trey Flowers (shoulder / knee), Michael Brockers (shoulder), Romeo Okwara (shoulder), Julian Okwara (neck), Caliph Raymond (thigh), D’Andre Swift (groin) and Kevin Strong (brain / thigh) were all rated as questionable. That’s four members of the starting front, all of whom have been attacked or disfellowshipped to play against the best rushing team in the NFL.
Detroit’s decision to deactivate Collins comes as no surprise. The club have made their intention to act transparent to Collins, who with his performance and efforts struggled with consecutive losses to open the season. He has allowed every pass thrown in his way to be completed, including three more on Monday night against Green Bay, one of which scored a touchdown.
This achievement kept him in the crosshairs all week.
“Does he move with the same amount of effort or does he have the same amount of effort as Alex (Anzalone)?” That was what head coach Dan Campbell said this week. “No I do not think so. I think Alex is playing at a high level all the time. That’s him. That’s how it works. “
A day later, the Lions announced that Collins would be staying away from the team facility while General Manager Brad Holmes was on a trade. Campbell said Thursday that Detroit already had applicants for a deal, although the 31-year-old linebacker was staying in Detroit a day later.
One thing is clear: Collins almost certainly played his final in Detroit with the Lions on the inside linebacker spot alongside Anzalone with rookie Derrick Barnes and Special Team star Jalen Reeves-Maybin.
“It’s time we looked at some of our young players and gave them a chance to play,” said Defense Coordinator Aaron Glenn. “And you’ll get a chance to see Barnes play.”
Collins isn’t the only member of the top seven who may not play on Sunday. Starters like Flowers, Romeo Okwara and Michael Brockers are all considered questionable as they have injuries that go into a match with the league’s top ranked rush attack. Flowers did not practice all week while dealing with knee and shoulder problems, while Okwara struggled with more shoulder pain.
Brockers is officially in doubt with his own shoulder injury, but he’s already played the injury twice and trained all week. He is expected to play alongside Swift.