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Giants suspend CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie


Coach Ben McAdoo announced the suspension of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Wednesday:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Coach Ben McAdoo today announced the Giants have suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

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"DRC came in yesterday," McAdoo said at his regular Wednesday news conference. "We had a conversation that was personal, upstairs, and he came in today. Decided to leave. We will suspend him."

Asked whether this "came out of nowhere," McAdoo said, "We had a conversation yesterday. He came into the building this morning. Decided to leave and we will put him on suspension."

Reporters asked seven follow-up questions and McAdoo answered each one with some variation of, "That's all I have for you right now."

McAdoo said there could "potentially" be a roster move. The Giants next play Sunday night in Denver.

McAdoo was asked how DRC's absence will affect the secondary.

"We have a lot of confidence in the players on our roster in the secondary and in the second level that we can go out and perform at a high level and play good, quality defense and great defense," McAdoo said.

Rodgers-Cromartie is a 10-year veteran who is in his fourth season with the Giants. He played in each of the team's first five games, starting three of them. DRC is fourth on the team with 26 tackles (16 solo), including a half-sack. He had a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo) against Detroit on Sept. 18. In the Giants' loss Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers, Rodgers-Cromartie had four tackles (two solo).

In 2016, Rodgers-Cromartie was named a second-team All-Pro.

The players who spoke publicly in the locker room said they didn't know the details behind the suspension.

Offensive lineman Justin Pugh, who is as cooperative with the media as any player on the team, said, "I'm not talking about the DRC situation. I don't know enough about it, so I'm not going to even comment on it. So don't even ask me about it."

Some players said they hope the issues are soon resolved so DRC can return to the team.

"We need him," safety Landon Collins said. "He's a major part of our defense and we need him on the D, but that's the coach's decision. Not going to go against it. (If) he felt strongly about suspending him, then he felt strongly about suspending him."

"I don't understand everybody's situation," cornerback Eli Apple said. "Everybody's going through a little something. But you just do your part and do whatever they tell you to do, just try to do it to the best of your ability."

*Six Giants did not practice today because of injuries: linebacker Johnathan Casillas (neck), Collins (ankle), running back Paul Perkins (ribs), center Weston Richburg (concussion), wide receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (ankle).

Perkins, Richburg and Vernon did not play against the Chargers.

*Collins has started all 38 games, including one in the postseason, since joining the Giants, and he hopes to extend that streak against the Broncos.

"I hurt my ankle, that's about it," Collins said. "I played through it throughout the game. I was pretty sore afterwards, but feeling great day-by-day. I get to do a little more movement tomorrow and we'll go from there. Day-by-day, take it day-by-day. I mean I've been through a couple ankle injuries since college, so I know what I am going through."

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