After losing three wide receivers to season-ending injuries in one game, the New York Giants now have to deal with an indefinite absence of a veteran defensive back — and not because of an injury.
The team announced after its practice Wednesday that defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been suspended because of a disagreement he had with coach Ben McAdoo.
Rodgers-Cromartie left the team’s facility prior to practice, which triggered the suspension.
“DRC came in yesterday, we had a conversation that was personal upstairs. He came in today, decided to leave. We will suspend him,” McAdoo said. “We had a conversation yesterday, he came into the building this morning, decided to leave and we will put him on suspension.”
Coach McAdoo: DRC came in today and decided to leave. We will suspend him. #NYGiants
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 11, 2017
While McAdoo did not reveal the nature of the conversation he had with Rodgers-Cromartie, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said the disagreement carried over from the defensive back being upset with being taken out during the first half of Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
#Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had words with coach Ben McAdoo after being pulled in Sunday’s game, sources say. It continued today
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 11, 2017
Safety Landon Collins disputed McAdoo’s version of events. He told the New York Post that Rodgers-Cromartie did not leave the team but was suspended by McAdoo after a disagreement. Collins also said the conflict began during Sunday’s game.
According to Mike Francesa of New York’s WFAN sports-talk radio, Rodgers-Cromartie took off his pads at halftime and declared he was done playing. Another Giant challenged him, leading to a fight.
NFL Network reported that blowup was not with a player but with McAdoo.
With the Giants’ season spiraling out of control at 0-5, it’s not surprising that McAdoo is on the hot seat. He was criticized for seemingly throwing star quarterback Eli Manning under the bus by calling out the team’s “sloppy” quarterback play in a Week 2 loss to Detroit. The Giants’ offense has just 82 points in those five losses, which ranks 28th in the NFL. The team is 30th in the league with fewer than 78 yards rushing per game.
With star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. out for the season and this latest controversy surrounding Rodgers-Cromartie, McAdoo was asked if he was concerned about the perception that he’s lost the team.
“Not concerned about perception, concerned about reality,” McAdoo said.
Ben McAdoo on the perception he’s lost the team: “Not concerned about perception, concerned about reality.”
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) October 11, 2017
Rodgers-Cromartie told ESPN’s Josina Anderson via text that he expects to return to the team Thursday.
My texts w/ #Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie:
J: U alright?
DRC: I’m Gr8
J: R u coming back to team?
D:Yes I am
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) October 11, 2017
Rodgers-Cromartie has appeared in all five games for the Giants this season with four starts. He has 26 tackles and a half-sack this season.
The two-time Pro Bowler is in his fourth season with the Giants and his 10th season overall. He was a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2008. Before coming to the Giants, he also spent time with Philadelphia and Denver.
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