cleveland (ap) browns linebacker jamie collins has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending knee injury.
collins tore the mcl in his right knee while returning an interception in the first quarter of sunday's loss to the detroit lions. the 27-year-old former pro bowler is one of the browns' best players and they'll have to try to get their first win without him.
collins signed a four-year, $50 million contract extension with cleveland during the offseason. however, he played in only six games this year, missing three games with a concussion before hurting his knee.
james burgess will replace collins in the starting lineup. collins finished with 31 tackles, a forced fumble and a pick of lions quarterback matthew stafford.
collins is a captain and highly regarded by cleveland's players. browns rookie quarterback deshone kizer called him ''an ultimate leader.''
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