Giants suspend Apple for one game

Emmett Rice
December 28, 2017

Apple also apparently refused to work with the scout team during Wednesday's practice and got into an argument with the coaching staff, according to ESPN and NFL Network reports. His four-year, $15.1 million rookie deal as the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft was fully guaranteed at signing, but this suspension could void all remaining guarantees in his contract.

Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins were suspended by the team at different points this season, so for Collins to call out Apple individually stands out.

"(Landon and I) had a quick conversation this morning and then I had a quick conversation with Eli", said Spagnuolo. "I never stop supporting my brother/teammate Eli and the rest of my teammates as we move forward".

"I had a sit down with him, a couple of us had a sit-down with him, and we just said, 'Man, regardless of the situation, we got your back".

And the criticism has continued this year, with Apple "critiqued more vociferously than any other player" in a film session after the Giants' Nov. 12 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and with him "almost walking out on the team" and getting benched as a result.

Well, not quite. The damage is certainly done, and Collins ended up playing a small role in that. Still, it is second year cornerback Eli Apple that has found himself at the center of arguably the biggest issue the team has had to face in quite some time.

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Make no mistake: Apple's presence has gotten in the way of their performance.

Last Sunday in Arizona, Apple played only on special teams. But he is a reason, one of many, for their ineptitude.

They will close out their season against the Washington Redskins.

The following day, Apple denied he had any conversation with Collins, who was livid when told about Apple's comments.

The Giants fired GM Jerry Reese - who drafted Apple - and coach Ben McAdoo on December 4. I don't want to start no controversy with my teammate. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary".

"Look, we're all grown men in there", Collins said.

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