The New York Giants suspended two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Wednesday.
“DRC came in yesterday. We had a conversation that was personal, upstairs, and he came in today. Decided to leave. We will suspend him,” Giants second-year head coach Ben McAdoo said during Wednesday’s news conference, via New York’s team website.
“That’s all I have for you right now,” McAdoo said when asked multiple follow-up questions regarding the suspension.
ESPN’s Jordan Raanan and Dan Graziano report that “issues” between Rodgers-Cromartie and the coaching staff began last Friday during the team’s “recovery day” session, as the ten-year veteran corner reportedly walked out of practice.
The issues were only compounded during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers when Rodgers-Cromartie reportedly left the sidelines and went to the locker room due to frustrations. The 2016 second-team All-Pro corner returned to the sidelines during the game but his decision to leave the team’s facility on Wednesday was reportedly the last straw.
Rodgers-Cromartie told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that his “altercation” with McAdoo was “about playing,” and that he handled “it the wrong way.” The Giants veteran cornerback said he plans to return to the team on Thursday.
“We need him,” Giants 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.”
Big Blue is one of three franchises to have not won a game this season, and an altercation between the head coach and a veteran defensive back is surely not what New York needs after losing three receivers to season-ending injuries last week.