New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been suspended indefinitely by the team after meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo Thursday morning.
Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended due to “a violation of team rules”.
He left a recovery session last Friday. He also threw his helmet down after being pulled from the Week 5 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Rodgers-Cromartie was in and out the game due to injury.
Rumors surfaced that Rodgers-Cromartie and McAdoo had a verbal altercation on the sideline during the Chargers loss, rumors that McAdoo steadfastly denied.
“No, not at all,” McAdoo said.
The Giants are in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Denver Broncos. ESPN reported that the team had not been told about Rodgers-Cromartie’s suspension. For the most part, players acted like this was just another Thursday.
Defensive tackle Damon Harrison and cornerback Janoris Jenkins didn’t answer any questions about Rodgers-Cromartie. Defensive end Olivier Vernon said the Giants will “be without a great player” but will move forward with the players that are available.
The Giants elevated Donte Deayon from the practice squad to replace Rodgers-Cromartie.
McAdoo and Rodgers-Cromartie had a meeting on Tuesday. Rodgers-Cromartie was told he would benched for the Broncos game and he would be fined for leaving the recovery session. He walked out of the team facility Wednesday.
Rodgers-Cromartie was informed of the indefinite suspension when he reported for work Thursday morning. He will lose $410,588 for every game he misses. Rodgers-Cromartie has one more year remaining on the five-year $35 million deal he signed in 2014.
McAdoo said earlier in the week there are no plans to trade or release Rodgers-Cromartie.