Giants have little to say about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie suspension

From ESPN - October 12, 2017

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Janoris Jenkins didnt want to answer any questions about Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Neither did defensive tackle Damon Harrison.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said to direct all questions about the suspension of one of his top cover guys to coach Ben McAdoo. Spagnuolo denied there being any complaints of Rodgers-Cromartie wanting more snaps on the outside -- where hes played most of his career -- in place of the struggling Eli Apple rather than the slot, where he's played most of the past two years.

No. Hes been great, Spagnuolo said of his suspended cornerback.

There seems to be something fishy here. Great is not the way a team usually describes a player they just suspended. They also do not usually pretend as if a suspension is the equivalent of a dropped interception during practice.

But this is how the New York Giants are handling the current situation. Theyre brushing it off as best they can.

No comment, Jenkins said to anything Rodgers-Cromartie related on Thursday.

I dont have a reaction, said Harrison, perhaps the most well-respected player on the defensive side of the ball.

This was several hours after the Giants players learned that Rodgers-Cromartie had been suspended indefinitely. A drama that began late last week continues to grow legs.

The Giants (0-5) are doing their best to create a front that they are unaffected by the suspension of a well-liked veteran in their defensive backs room. There have been no players-only meetings and several players told ESPN that McAdoo hasnt even directly addressed the subject with the team as of Thursday afternoon.

This seems odd, but probably not as odd as the players taking the field for Wednesdays practice and wondering the whereabouts of Rodgers-Cromartie. He was in meetings earlier that day, but was nowhere to be seen for practice. By Thursday, they knew he would not be around for the foreseeable future.

Rodgers-Cromartie was told he would be benched and not travel with the team on Tuesday, was suspended after he left the team facility Wednesday and told he was suspended indefinitely when he returned Thursday morning to speak with McAdoo. It remains a fluid situation.

McAdoo declared there was a private conversation that will remain private on Thursday. He later added in an answer to questions submitted by reporters but asked by a team employee that they handle team discipline internally.

Through all this, the winless Giants are preparing to play on the road against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Its quite the challenge for a struggling team dealing with additional drama.


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