Giants suspend Eli Apple

Giants place Landon Collins on IR promote Derrick Mathews to 53-man roster
Giants place Landon Collins on IR promote Derrick Mathews to 53-man roster

28 December, 2017

The former Alabama All-American won't be in the Giants' starting lineup for the first time in his three National Football League seasons when NY closes its 2017 campaign against the Washington Redskins.

During a radio interview with ESPN New York on Tuesday, New York Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins lashed out at Apple.

"We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team", said interim general manager Kevin Abrams. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group". After a decent rookie season, he did not play a defensive snap in Week 16. Besides the other two guys, DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) and Jackrabbit (former North Alabama standout Janoris Jenkins), I love those two guys.

Soon after, following a loss to the Eagles, Collins went on ESPN New York radio and said of Apple, "I think he finally understands that even if you're a first-rounder, you can always be cut".

Spagnuolo, who replaced the fired Ben McAdoo earlier this month, said he spoke with Apple on Wednesday morning before having a "really good conversation that was really productive" with both Apple and Collins. They play hard. They love what they do.

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Collins has said that he offered support of Apple throughout the season, a notion that Apple dismissed the following day by telling reporters that he hadn't spoken to Collins.

Apple played in 11 games this season while making seven starts.

According to Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network, the Giants suspended the 2016 first-round pick for Week 17.

And now, with one game left in the Giants' roller coaster season, Apple has been shut down by his own team.

They will close out their season against the Washington Redskins. Apple has struggled on the field while his team has gone 2-13.

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