2014 preview: Health will be the biggest key for the Patriots
JUN 30, 2:00p ET | Ross Jones
Rotowire: Dec 28 / 9:05a ET
News: Collins (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Impact: It remains to be seen if Collins sees his normal allotment of snaps on Sunday, with the Patriots having clinched the top playoff seed in the AFC, but he is in uniform this week, which is more than can be said of fellow starting linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
Rotowire: Dec 26 / 3:04p ET
News: Collins (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills, the Patriots' official site reports.
Impact: Collins, who has 111 tackles and three sacks in 14 games to date, should be active Sunday, though it remains to be seen if he sees a full workload in Week 17, with the Patriots' playoff seeding locked in.
Rotowire: Dec 25 / 11:22a ET
News: Collins (hip) was limited at Wednesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: With the Patriots locked into the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs, ESPN.com suggests that some of the team's key players, especially those who are a little banged up, like Collins, could be limited some on Sunday. While the team can't rest everyone, those considering New England IDPs this week are advised to factor in what the team is playing for, plus have a look at the team's inactive list in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills to see if there are any surprise scratches this weekend.