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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Cornerback Eli Apple has been suspended by the Giants for the season finale against the Washington Redskins a day after his teammate Landon Collins referred to him as “a cancer.”
The Giants announced the suspension Wednesday afternoon after Apple had participated in practice. Kevin Abrams, the interim general manager, and Steve Spagnuolo, the interim coach, informed Apple of the suspension.
Abrams said Apple was suspended for a “pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team.”
Collins never referred to Apple, the Giants’ first-round draft pick in 2016, by name in a radio interview on Tuesday. However, he said only one cornerback on the team needed to grow up, and he later said “that first pick” was “a cancer.”
Collins apologized for the comments on Wednesday. He and Apple met separately with Spagnuolo, and then all three talked.
Collins was not in the locker room after practice. Apple declined to speak with the news media.
The suspension was announced several hours later.