Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins will miss the remainder of the season with an MCL sprain in his right knee.
Collins was injured in the first quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions while returning an interception. Collins had his knee twisted when he was tackled by offensive lineman Graham Glasgow.
Browns head coach Hue Jackson did not specify the degree of Collins’ sprain and only said there was “damage.” He will not need surgery.
“That’s a big blow to our defensive football team,” Jackson said.
Collins missed three games earlier this season with a concussion. He signed a four-year, $50 million contract during the offseason with Cleveland, which acquired him last year in a trade from New England.
The loss of Collins is another blow for the winless Browns (0-9). He’s one of their best tacklers and one of their only impact defensive players. Jackson said the team will also miss Collins’ leadership on and off the field.
The fifth-year linebacker finishes the season with six starts, 31 tackles, one sack and one interception. He missed three games earlier this season with a concussion.