Browns linebacker Collins recovering from knee surgery

Collins had 31 tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and had an interception in six games this season.

FILE - This is a 2016 file photo showing Jamie Collins of the New England Patriots NFL football team. The Cleveland Browns have acquired linebacker Jamie Collins from New England, a person with knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press.
FILE - This is a 2016 file photo showing Jamie Collins of the New England Patriots NFL football team. The Cleveland Browns have acquired linebacker Jamie Collins from New England, a person with knowledge of the trade tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, because the deal has not officially been announced. Tuesday is the NFL's trade deadline. (AP Photo/File)

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Cleveland Browns linebacker Jamie Collins is recovering from right knee surgery performed two weeks ago.

Collins tore a medial collateral ligament in his knee on Nov. 12, ending his season. The former Pro Bowler with New England got hurt when his knee got twisted while he was returning an interception during the first quarter of a loss to the Detroit Lions.

The Browns said Collins, who also missed three games this season with a concussion, had surgery in Florida and is expected to make a full recovery. The Browns signed him to a $50 million contract during the offseason and view Collins as one of their defensive cornerstones.

Collins had 31 tackles, a sack, forced a fumble and had an interception in six games this season.

The team did not disclose that Collins had the operation until media members inquired about his status after he was in the locker room on Wednesday with crutches and his leg immobilized.

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