Landon Collins apologized Wednesday for alluding to teammate Eli Apple as a "cancer."

By Charlotte Carroll
December 27, 2017

The Giants have suspended cornerback Eli Apple for the final week of the season, including the team's home game against the Redskins, the team announced Wednesday. 

The Giants said Apple was notified Wednesday afternoon in a meeting with interim general manager Kevin Abrams and interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

“We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team,” Abrams said. 

The move comes after a day after Landon Collins alluded to teammate Apple as a "cancer" on Tuesday during an interview with "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York radio. Collins apologized Wednesday, tweeting that he met with Spagnuolo and Apple to apologize for what he said. 

However, Apple ignored questions from reporters Wednesday, appearing at his locker multiple times during open media availability and even once telling reporters, "I gotta take a s---" while gesturing to his rear end, according to NJ Media. He never met with media during that period. Spagnuolo said the meeting between the three was "productive."

Bob Wischusen was filling in ESPN radio Tuesday and asked Collins about how he would self scout the year and what went wrong with the guys at corner.

"There's only just one corner that ... needs to grow, and we all know who that is,"Collins said. "That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, (Rodgers-Cromartie) and (Jenkins), I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do.

"But that first pick ... he's a cancer."

Apple has been struggling this season — a film session blow-up, his mother’s brain surgery and a hip injury — and has been benched multiple times. He's played in 11 games with seven starts. He was inactive for four consecutive James from Nov. 19–Dec.10. 

An unnamed source told ESPN's Josina Anderson that Apple "will not be in an NYG uniform next year. Dude is done with NYG. Done."

Collins was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. The two have been back and forth with each other with Collins saying he had a conversation with Apple about his professionalism and personal struggles, while Apple denied the conversation happened, according to NJ Media. 

The Giants are 2–13.

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