The New York Giants’ season of discontent continued Tuesday when cornerback Janoris Jenkins was suspended indefinitely by the team.
Jenkins was suspended for not returning to the team after its bye week on time. He will not play in this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. Jenkins is the second the Giants cornerback to be suspended this season.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended indefinitely after a confrontation with McAdoo during the Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. He also walked out of a team meeting later in the week. Rodgers-Cromartie missed the Week 6 win against the Denver Broncos. He was reinstated but played sparingly in the Week 7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks before the bye.
“As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations,” head coach Ben McAdoo said. “When we don’t fulfill those obligations, there are consequences. As I have said before, we do not like to handle our team discipline publicly. There are times when it is unavoidable and this is one of those times.”
Jenkins was one of three players not present at Monday’s first practice after the bye week. Cornerback Eli Apple and running back Paul Perkins were excused for personal reasons. The Giants said they did not speak with Jenkins and he didn’t report to the team facility until Tuesday morning.
“At that point, neither myself nor any of the coaches had heard from Jackrabbit,” McAdoo said. “I did not speak to him directly until Tuesday morning.”
Jenkins spent the first four years of his NFL career with the then-St. Louis Rams. He signed a five-year, $62.5 million deal with the Giants last season. Jenkins has evolved into one of the NFL’s top corners, routinely taking away the opponent’s best receiver. He earned his first Pro Bowl berth and was named Second-team All-Pro last season.
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