*The Giants have placed Safety Landon Collins on IR and signed Derrick Mathews off the practice squad: *
** EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Landon Collins' 2017 season and games-started streak officially ended today when the Giants placed the two-time Pro Bowl safety on injured reserve. Collins suffered a fractured forearm in the second quarter of the Giants' 23-0 loss Sunday in Arizona.
The Giants, who end their season Sunday at home vs. Washington, filled the open roster spot by signing linebacker Derrick Mathews off their practice squad.
Collins has been one of the Giants' best and most durable players since joining the team as a second-round draft choice in 2015. He has started every game - 47 in the regular season and one postseason contest – and led the Giants in tackles in each of his three seasons. Collins has a team-high 99 tackles (74 solo) this year, 28 more than runner-up Damon Harrison. He finished with 108 and 125 tackles in his first two seasons.
Last week, Collins was selected as a starter on the NFC Pro Bowl team, his second straight appearance in the game. He earned his third NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award after registering 14 tackles (10 solo) and an interception in a 12-9 overtime victory over Kansas City.
Second-year pro Andrew Adams is expected to start for Collins. The Giants currently have 21 players on injured reserve.
Mathews, 6-feet and 230 pounds, joined the practice squad on Dec. 6 when Jonathan Casillas was placed on injured reserve. He has never played in an NFL regular-season game.
Mathews entered the NFL on Nov. 23, 2015 when the Redskins signed him to their practice squad for the remainder of the season. He was signed to Washington's active roster on Jan. 12 2016 and released on May 2. Mathews was signed by the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 2, 2016. He spent the entire 2016 season on their practice squad, where he also did two stints this year (Sept. 3-Nov. 11 and Nov. 13-28).
Mathews played four seasons at the University of Houston, where he finished his career with 400 tackles, including 43 for losses.