Giants Suspend Dominique Rodgers Cromartie After CB Leaves Team

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Ben McAdoo addresses reporters Wednesday, announcing that veteran CB DRC has been suspended after leaving the team this morning Art Stapleton/NorthJersey.com

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) and New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) fight for a pass in the second half, falling incomplete at MetLife Stadium.(Photo: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD — Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been suspended by the Giants.

Coach Ben McAdoo made the announcement regarding Rodgers-Cromartie, who had expressed his displeasure with the coaching staff over his existing role, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the discussion.

Rodgers-Cromartie met with McAdoo on Tuesday, and it was then that Rodgers-Cromartie was told he was going to be inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos in Denver. Rodgers-Cromartie showed up at the team facility Wednesday morning, spent time in the locker room and departed prior to practice. His leaving resulted in McAdoo and the team deciding on the suspension, which at this point is indefinite.

Rodgers-Cromartie, 31, is one of the Giants’ most respected players, a second-team All-Pro last season and a vital part to the defense’s success in 2016.

"DRC came in [Tuesday]. We had a conversation that was personal upstairs and he came in [Wednesday]. Decided to leave. We will suspend him," McAdoo said. "We had a conversation [Tuesday]. He came into the building [Wednesday] morning. Decided to leave and we will put him on suspension."

When reached after news of his suspension went public Wednesday, Rodgers-Cromartie told ESPN that he “handled it the wrong way, but to sit me a game had me hot, so I left. I was suspended way before I left. I left [because] I felt what he said was BS."

Landon Collins and Sterling Shepard were also absent from practice Wednesday as the Giants began preparing for the Broncos.

Collins and Shepard have ankle injuries and both are listed on the team's injury report.

The Giants (0-5) are dealing with the fallout of not only a lost season that began with so much promise, but the emotional blows of season-ending surgeries this week for Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris.

Olivier Vernon (ankle), Jonathan Casillas (neck), Paul Perkins (ankle) and Weston Richburg (concussion) were also not practicing Wednesday. All were seen on the practice fields during the portion of practice open to the media, however.

Vernon and Perkins were working with members of the training staff.

Shepard is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Broncos and, although the Giants are listing him as day-to-day, he's likely to also be unavailable for when they return home for the Oct. 22 game against Seattle at MetLife Stadium.

The Giants have a bye after that, so Shepard would conceivably get three weeks to treat his left ankle injury before returning to action.

Collins, an All-Pro last season, was hobbled throughout the Giants' game against the Chargers. He and Rodgers-Cromartie are two of the most valuable players on the team.

Usually the Giants' starting nickel cornerback, Rodgers-Cromartie started on the outside against the Chargers in place of Eli Apple, who was benched for three series. Ross Cockrell entered the game when the Giants used their nickel sub-package, bumping Rodgers-Cromartie back inside.

The 10-year veteran also played some free safety Sunday.

Stapleton also writes for The Bergen (N.J.) Record, part of the USA TODAY Network.

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