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Maliek Collins "Shut Down" by Las Vegas Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders are being forward-thinking in "Shutting down" defensive lineman Maliek Collins.

The Las Vegas Raiders will be placing defensive tackle Maliek Collins on "shut down" as they allow him to heal.

Las Vegas will be without one of their starting defensive tackles for at least three weeks, based on the new injured reserve rules placed for this year's season.

"I'm not going to get into the injury yet, I just know he's had some shoulder problems and he's had a number of issues," Coach Jon Gruden said. "We're going to shut him down for a few weeks, trying to get him right and hopefully have him some point here before the season is over."

While Collins is eligible to return this season, the Raiders would have to activate him in time for the Raiders' Week 16 game against the Miami Dolphins or their season finale against the Denver Broncos.

If the Raiders make it past the regular season, Collins would definitely be a huge addition if the Silver and Black qualify for the playoffs.

In his first season as a Raider, Collins has recorded 12 total tackles, six of them being solo tackles and one quarterback hit, with no tackles for losses or sacks.

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The former Dallas Cowboy, who signed a one-year, $6 million deal with Las Vegas in the offseason after spending the four seasons of his career in Dallas, was expected to play a key role for the Raiders.

Since his arrival to Las Vegas, he has been considered the anchor of that young defensive line.

Collins' future with the Raiders might be a question to answer in the offseason, but for now, the team is concerned about his health and hopes of having him back on the roster in time for the playoffs.

Collins will join recently added Takkarist McKinley on injured reserve and teammates Tanner Muse, Richie Incognito, and Tyrell Williams, who have been sidelined with season-ending injuries. 

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