Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie hit the practice field, receiving a hug from cornerbacks coach Tim Walton and a handshake from general manager Jerry Reese. With that, DRC’s suspension came to an end as the Giants went back to work on Wednesday, for the first time this season after a victory.
The return of one cornerback came on a day another one, Eli Apple, was not on the field. Apple is not listed on this week’s injury report, and the Giants initially did not give a reason for Apple’s absence. The Giants announced Apple, who was benched for the start of the Chargers game two weeks ago, was excused from practice for personal reasons.
There was one positive sign for the Giants. WR Sterling Shepard was taped up and ready to go. Shepard sprained his ankle against the Chargers — the game in which the Giants lost four receivers, three for the remainder of the season. Shepard did not play in the 23-10 victory in Denver but is clearly making progress. He, no doubt, will be listed as a limited participant in his first practice coming off the ankle injury.
Rodgers-Cromartie missed one game sitting out a suspension for violating team rules. Coach Ben McAdoo said four separate incidents added up to the suspension. He made an unexcused exit from a Friday treatment session, and he went into the locker room in the second half of the loss to the Chargers, angered over developments in that game. Rodgers-Cromartie also left the team facility last Wednesday morning. To that point, McAdoo had planned on deactivating DRC for the game in Denver, but upgraded the punishment to an indefinite suspension, which cost Rodgers-Cromartie one game check of $410,588. McAdoo and DRC met this past Tuesday and, after the conversation, the suspension came to an end.
DE Olivier Vernon (ankle), LB Jonathan Casillas (neck) and C Weston Richburg (concussion) remained out. OL John Jerry (tooth) also did not practice. RB Paul Perkins (ribs) looked if he might be able to participate in some capacity. Newly added to the injury report: Long-snapper Zak DeOssie (wrist/elbow) and LB Calvin Munson (quad). Munson did not practice.