The New York Giants’ lost season took another odd turn Wednesday when head coach Ben McAdoo announced that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be suspended by the team.
The chain of events began Sunday when Rodgers-Cromartie left the Giants bench area during the second half of the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers to return to the Giants locker room. Rodgers-Cromartie, who had his Achilles stepped on during the second half of the game, later returned to the Giants bench.
McAdoo then met privately with Rodgers-Cromartie about the incident Sunday and informed the cornerback that he would be inactive for Sunday’s game against the Broncos, but that the cornerback would also be expected to go through the normal week of preparation.
The decision to make Rodgers-Cromartie inactive for Sunday, the source noted, was due to whatever the cornerback said or did Sunday. At that point, he had not been suspended by the head coach.
McAdoo’s decision to suspend Rodgers-Cromartie came Wednesday when the cornerback showed up for work only to leave the building just before the start of meetings. In his press briefing with reporters, McAdoo refused to take any questions about the sequence of events or the length of Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension.
“DRC came in yesterday,” the head coach said. “We had a conversation that was personal upstairs and he came in today. Decided to leave. We will suspend him.”
Rodgers-Cromartie, in a text message to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, said he planned to report to the Giants team facility Thursday. It’s unclear if he will be available to speak with the media.
McAdoo also refused to address question about whether this incident is concerning to him and his hold on the locker room.
“We had a tremendous practice today,” he said when asked about concerns over the locker room. “The guys are looking forward to the challenge. They know we have a huge challenge coming up on Sunday night. We have a great big stage to go out and show that we can perform at a high level and we look forward to the challenge.”
Rodgers-Cromartie said in a text to ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he plans to return to the team Thursday. Anderson also reported that Rodgers-Cromartie told her that he had an argument with McAdoo on the sideline and that he (Rodgers-Cromartie) admitted that he “handled it the wrong way.”