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Regardless, the coach expects Collins to be able to contribute quickly.

“When you’ve been a veteran who has played that long, if he’s sharp, he should be able to pick it up fairly soon,” Smith said. “But we’re not going to rush him.”

The team waived injured wide receiver Eric Peterman to make room on the roster for Collins. Peterman suffered a thumb injury fielding a punt in Saturday’s game.

NOTES: Linebacker Brian Urlacher did not practice due to a calf muscle strain suffered in Saturday’s game with Oakland. Urlacher is day to day. … Linebacker Nick Roach missed practice due to a knee injury and guard Lance Louis missed due to an ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s game.