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La’el Collins Leaves Practice With Neck Stinger

The had a plethora of in 2020. Most notably, the was ravaged by them. While missed 14 with a neck issue, and was absent for 6 games with a calf , spent the entire season on the sideline after hip surgery last October.

Collins has gotten himself into great shape during his rehab, coming in with a thinner 313-pound frame for the . Things in were going well until Collins had to exit practice last week with stiffness and discomfort in his neck. He would return to practice the next day and play against the on August 21. However, Collins suffered another small setback on Friday, leaving practice with a neck stinger.

The ailment doesn't appear to be serious but stingers can be a nuisance throughout a season. So, this isn't an ideal situation especially with swing having dealt with injuries himself during training camp while also struggling on the field.

Collins signed a five-year, $50 million deal with $35 million in guaranteed money just before the started. He responded by looking like one of the best right tackles in the NFL to the point that some felt he should have been a selection. However, with his hip injury from a year ago and now this stinger issue, the hope is that injuries don't linger for Collins as they have for the aforementioned Smith over the last half-decade.

With 's return from his ankle injury and looking to bounce back from the first down season of his career, the Cowboys need their line intact, especially after the core of it missed a combined 36 games in 2020. Collins is a huge part of that so his availability is paramount for the 2021 season.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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