James Collins is one of the most established names in his industry, having been elected last year to president of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. He also oversaw a Chargers department that PFATS named the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year in 2009.
But following a season overwrought by injury, changes were expected this offseason.
His position will be affected.
A source said Friday that, while currently inaccurate to characterize Collins as having been outright dismissed, a restructuring in the athletic training room is certain to affect his role with the club. Collins, a longtime fixture in San Diego, was notified to that effect Friday morning. He first joined the franchise as an intern in 1986 and has been with it consecutively since 1999.