Saturday update: According to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, Collins is “good to go” for Seattle’s Monday contest against the New Orleans Saints in Week 7. That’s big news for fantasy managers potentially sweating Collins’ status, as well as Seahawks fans. Without Russell Wilson, Seattle’s offense will continue to lean on Collins and the ground game.
Friday PM update: Collins missed Friday’s practice with the same groin injury threatening his availability for Monday’s contest against the Saints. The running back has not been officially ruled out but is trending in the wrong direction for Week 7.
Thursday PM update: Well, so much for what Pete Carroll said. Collins was listed as a DNP on Thursday, and his chances of playing Monday are off to a bad start.
Thursday update: Head coach Pete Carroll says that Alex Collins will practice on Thursday, per PFF’s Doug Kyed. Practicing this early in the week is a great sign for his availability come Monday night.
Monday update: The Seahawks are not ruling Collins out for Week 7. Pete Carroll said on a Monday radio interview, “He’s not out of next week. We’ve got to see how he handles it.” The team also expects Rashaad Penny back from IR and think he will be, “Full speed, ready to roll.”
The Seattle Seahawks have been without starting running back Chris Carson for the last two games and he’ll be out for at least two more with him being placed on injured reserve last week. That has helped elevate Alex Collins to the starting job, where he played extremely well last night. Unfortunately, he was unavailable in overtime, as he was dealing with hip and glute injuries, per NFL.com.
Collins went over 100 yards rushing and scored a touchdown against one of the better run defenses in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy football implications
Collins will have an extra day to heal up, as the Seahawks play the Saints on Monday Night Football. if he ends up missing, it looks like we would have a split between Deejay Dallas and Travis Homer. The matchup isn’t great for whoever ends up getting the job in Week 7, but Collins did put up a good fantasy day against the Steelers, so if he can go, there is upside there.