Giants suspend CB Eli Apple for final week of season

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning leaves the field after an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday Dec. 24 2017 in Glendale Ariz. The Cardinals won 23-0

Giants' Collins Goes After 'Cancer' Apple During Radio Interview

Collins appeared on the radio show earlier this week and openly criticized teammate Eli Apple. "I never stop supporting my brother/teammate Eli and the rest of my teammates as we move forward", he wrote. "Just want him to know I'm always there for him".

Last week, Collins told ESPN Radio that Apple had to "grow up" and was not willing to serve as Apple's mentor.

Well, not quite. The damage is certainly done, and Collins ended up playing a small role in that.

Either way, it doesn't seem like he will be playing for the Giants in 2018.

Make no mistake: Apple's presence has gotten in the way of their performance. NY has dealt with multiple player suspensions, the firing of both its general manager and head coach, a drama involving its franchise quarterback, and, oh yeah, a 2-13 record, the worst this once-proud franchise has produced since 1983. But he is a reason, one of many, for their ineptitude.

Collins' run of 47 consecutive starts will end on Sunday, with second-year pro Andrew Adams expected to start in the season finale versus the visiting Washington Redskins (7-8).

Of course, the last time Collins said he had met with Apple - on December 13 - the conversations were denied by Apple the following day.

The Giants announced Wednesday they have suspended the troubled cornerback for the last game of the season for "a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team", interim GM Kevin Abrams said in a statement.

Head coach Ben McAdoo was sacked earlier in the month. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group".

Those are some strong comments, but they're also somewhat understandable considering the criticism Apple's play has taken this season. "I guess he don't remember things", Collins said.

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