Alex Collins

Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #36
Seattle Seahawks
Running Back #36
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Shifts to IR

Seattle placed Collins (abdomen) on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: The Seahawks signed running back Josh Johnson off the practice squad to join the roster as a replacement for Collins, who has been troubled by the abdominal injury off and on throughout the season. Prior to being sidelined for four out of Seattle's last five games -- three times due to the abdomen injury and once due to a stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list -- Collins had picked up six starts in the wake of Chris Carson's season-ending neck injury. Despite the big opportunity afforded to him, Collins averaged a pedestrian 3.8 yards per carry and found the end zone twice over his 11 appearances on the season. Collins' absences in recent weeks opened up more work for Rashaad Penny, who has seized control of the lead role out of the backfield with three games of 130-plus rushing yards in his last four outings.

Jan 4, 2022 2:55 PM EST


Inactive Week 17

Collins (abdomen) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions,

Analysis: Collins will take a seat for the third consecutive game, although unlike the Week 16 loss to the Bears, the veteran running back technically is sitting Sunday due to his lingering abdominal injury. Rashaad Penny should once again handle lead-back duties for Seattle versus Detroit's vulnerable run defense.

Jan 2, 2022 12:15 PM EST



Questionable for Sunday's game

Collins (abdomen) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Detroit, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: With Rashaad Penny taking over as the lead back down the stretch this season, Collins was inactive last week despite being cleared from the final injury report. He isn't likely to see more than a handful of touches even if he plays this Sunday.

Dec 31, 2021 3:02 PM EST


Another limited showing

Collins (abdomen) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: Collins seemingly is in a holding pattern, as he's only missed practice since Week 11 prep when he was away from the team from Dec. 16-22 due to a bout with COVID-19. While only one of his three absences over the last four games was attributed to the virus, the others technically were healthy scratches. Coach Pete Carroll spoke of Collins on Monday, telling Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times that the running back didn't play this past Sunday versus the Bears because the Seahawks "need to make sure that he is back all the way." If Collins is unable to prove as much, either by being ruled out Friday or getting the inactive tag Sunday, DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer will be the players to mix in behind current No. 1 RB Rashaad Penny.

Dec 30, 2021 5:25 PM EST


Stays limited at practice

Collins (abdomen) was limited at Wednesday's practice, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Collins has missed three of the last four games due to a combination of a lingering abdominal injury and a bout with COVID-19. Speaking of the running back Monday, coach Pete Carroll told Bob Condotta of The Seattle TImes that Collins "just got back (from the reserve/COVID-19 list), and we just need to make sure that he is back all the way." Considering Collins still has a cap on his practice reps at the beginning of Week 17 prep, he may not be ready yet to join what is a relatively healthy backfield led by Rashaad Penny, with DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer in reserve roles. Collins has two sessions left this week to prove his health ahead of Sunday's contest against the Lions.

Dec 29, 2021 4:35 PM EST



Surprise inactive Sunday

Collins (abdomen) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Analysis: Collins missed the Week 15 loss to the Rams while on the reserve/COVID-19 list and while in the final stages of his recovery from an abdomen injury. The veteran running back shed the former designation Wednesday and was back to full practice participation by Friday, indicating the latter issue was also seemingly resolved. Nevertheless, Collins will serve as what amounts to a healthy scratch Sunday, leaving the Seattle backfield in the hands of some combination of Rashaad Penny, Travis Homer and Deejay Dallas.

Dec 26, 2021 11:47 AM EST


Fine for Sunday

Collins (abdomen) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Bears, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Analysis: Collins has been playing through a groin/abdomen injury for most of the year, sitting out just once (Week 13) because of it, though he did miss last week's game on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Collins also lost the lead role to Rashaad Penny, most recently seeing seven carries and one target on 23 percent of snaps in the Week 14 win over Houston.

Dec 24, 2021 1:19 PM EST


Limited again Thursday

Collins (abdomen) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: This has been the norm for Collins for a good portion of the campaign. Assuming he's cleared to play this weekend -- whether it's via Friday's injury report or ahead of Sunday's 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff -- he likely will work in a secondary role out of the Seahawks backfield behind Rashaad Penny and alongside DeeJay Dallas. However, fellow running back Travis Homer (illness) is a candidate to be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and be available to the offense.

Dec 23, 2021 4:38 PM EST


Limited by abdominal issue

Collins (abdomen) was listed as limited on Wednesday's practice estimate, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While the Seahawks activated Collins (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, he still is dealing with an injury to his midsection. He joins current top RB Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas on the active roster, with Travis Homer (illness) still on the COVID-19 list himself. Assuming Collins can gut through his health concern and Homer is unable to clear league protocols, he'll contend with Dallas for reps behind Penny on Sunday against the Bears.

Dec 22, 2021 3:07 PM EST


Removed from COVID-19 list

Collins (illness) was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.

Analysis: Collins should be available for Sunday's game against the Bears, though likely just as the backup to Rashaad Penny, who has taken double-digit carries in three straight games. It is possible Collins and Penny split carries this week, with DeeJay Dallas and potentially Travis Homer (reserve/COVID-19) being the likely options for passing downs.

Dec 22, 2021 1:19 PM EST


Not activated for Tuesday's game

Collins (illness) wasn't activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and won't be available for Tuesday's game against the Rams, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Collins has been tending to an abdominal injury in recent weeks, but it's his positive COVID-19 test that will keep him sidelined Tuesday for the second time in three games. Though Collins is vaccinated, he's apparently still symptomatic of the virus since testing positive Thursday. Collins' absence should give Rashaad Penny some extra security as the Seahawks' clear No. 1 option on the ground in Los Angeles, as DeeJay Dallas and practice-squad call-up Josh Johnson represent the lone depth options behind him.

Dec 21, 2021 2:23 PM EST


Seahawks-Rams moved to Tuesday

Collins (illness) and the Seahawks will no longer play the Rams on Sunday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Analysis: Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Rams organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, Los Angeles will be able to restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. The two-day delay could also provide sufficient time for Collins to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list after he tested positive for the virus Thursday, with his potential availability hinging on whether or not he's experiencing any symptoms. Even if Collins is available, he'll likely be in store for a secondary role out of the backfield behind Rashaad Penny, who built some job security Week 14 while Collins (abdomen) and Adrian Peterson (back) sat out with injuries. Penny ignited a dormant Seattle ground game in the 33-13 win over the Texans, finishing with 137 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.

Dec 17, 2021 1:22 PM EST


Tests positive, may play Sunday

Collins' placement on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday was the result of a positive test, but he could still clear the necessary protocols in time to play Sunday against the Rams, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Along with Collins, the Seahawks placed Tyler Lockett on the list Thursday after he too tested positive, but since both players are vaccinated, they'll have a shot at being available this weekend. Per Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, the NFL and NFLPA reached agreement Thursday on changes to the return-to-play COVID-19 protocol, which will allow players who are vaccinated and asymptomatic to rejoin their teams as soon as 24 hours after an initial positive test. The Seahawks haven't yet disclosed whether Collins was experiencing symptoms of the virus before landing on the list. If cleared to play this weekend, Collins would likely work in a limited role behind Rashaad Penny, who likely leapfrogged him on the depth chart after carrying 16 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 14 win over the Texans.

Dec 16, 2021 4:19 PM EST


Goes on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Seahawks placed Collins (abdomen) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, John Boyle of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Per usual, Collins is tending to an injury to his midsection this week, and now he becomes the third Seahawk overall to be placed on the COVID-19 list along with Tyler Lockett (undisclosed) on Thursday and Gerald Everett earlier this season. If Collins can't play Sunday at the Rams, Seattle still will have some combination of Travis Homer (hamstring), DeeJay Dallas and practice squad member Adrian Peterson (lower back) behind the team's current top RB Rashaad Penny.

Dec 16, 2021 11:05 AM EST


Puts in limited practice

Collins (abdomen) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Per usual, the Seahawks are managing Collins' reps due to an abdominal injury. After sitting out Week 13 with the issue, he returned this past Sunday in Houston and earned a 23 percent share of snaps on his way to eight touches for 17 yards from scrimmage. Collins took a back seat to Rashaad Penny, who turned 58 percent of snaps into 17 touches for 138 total yards and two TDs. As for the rest of the backfield, Travis Homer (calf/hamstring) was absent, DeeJay Dallas had two carries for 16 yards, and practice squad member Adrian Peterson wasn't elevated due to a lower back injury. With Homer logging a full practice and Peterson returning to drills Wednesday, the backfield could be even more crowded behind Penny on Sunday versus the Rams.

Dec 15, 2021 4:33 PM EST


Takes backseat to Penny

Collins rushed seven times for 16 yards and caught his lone target for one yard in Sunday's 33-13 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Collins returned to action after missing a game due to an abdominal injury. However, Rashaad Penny started the game and finished with a 57 percent snap share, ringing up 138 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in the process. Meanwhile, Collins recorded 13 offensive snaps (23 percent). Penny appears to be the top back moving forward, though Collins will be the next man up if Penny falters.

Dec 13, 2021 6:52 AM EST


Cleared for Sunday

Collins (groin) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Houston, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Collins missed the Week 13 win over San Francisco with a groin injury he's been nursing for a couple months, allowing Adrian Peterson to step up and work in a committee with Rashaad Penny and Travis Homer (out/calf). With Homer out of the picture and Peterson not spotted at practice this week (he's technically still on the practice squad), Collins could be back in the lead runner role this Sunday, though he'd likely still share snaps with Penny and DeeJay Dallas.

Dec 10, 2021 1:09 PM EST


Limited again Thursday

Collins (abdomen) was limited in practice Thursday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: Collins maintained his activity level for a second straight session, one day removed from coach Pete Carroll telling Brady Henderson of ESPN.com that the running back feels "considerably better" due to nagging injuries to his midsection. Friday's practice report may clear Collins outright for Week 14 action at Houston, but even if it doesn't he seems to be trending toward a return after sitting out this past Sunday against the 49ers. The Seahawks backfield may be some combination of Collins, Rashaad Penny, DeeJay Dallas and potentially practice squad member Adrian Peterson this weekend, while Travis Homer's (calf/hamstring) is up in the air after sitting out Thursday.

Dec 9, 2021 4:27 PM EST


Limited again Wednesday

Collins (abdomen) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.

Analysis: A surprise scratch for the Seahawks this past Sunday against the 49ers, Collins is back to his usual limited self on the team's first Week 14 practice report due to an abdominal issue. Coach Pete Carroll relayed to Brady Henderson of ESPN.com on Wednesday that Collins is "considerably better," indicating that the recent DNP was beneficial for the running back's health. Elsewhere in the backfield, Travis Homer (calf/hamstring) also had LP next to his name, Rashaad Penny and DeeJay Dallas were clear of Wednesday's report, and Adrian Peterson remains the top RB option on Seattle's practice squad.

Dec 8, 2021 4:10 PM EST


Should be available next week

Head coach Pete Carroll said after Sunday's victory over the 49ers that Collins (abdomen) should be able to play in next week's game against the Texans, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

Analysis: Collins sat out Sunday for the first time since Week 1, but that could be the extent of his absence, as Carroll added that the running back "needed a week off." Collins was expected to work behind at least Adrian Peterson and possibly another back or two had he suited up Sunday, so if he does return in Week 14 it seems unlikely it will be as the starter.

Dec 5, 2021 5:40 PM EST


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