Giants Landon Collins Says 'Sorry' for Calling Teammate Eli Apple a 'Cancer'

Eli Apple has likely played his last game for the Giants, and few of his teammates will be sad to see him go.

Hours after the New York Daily News reported that Apple shrugged off reporters' questions about Collins' apology with a vulgar comment about needing to use the bathroom, the Giants have suspended their former first-round draft pick for Week 17.

After playing most of Week 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Apple did not play any defensive snaps last Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

With the suspension, the Giants' three top cornerbacks - Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Apple - have all been suspended this season.

"I apologized for the things I said yesterday", the Pro Bowl safety posted on Twitter.

Apple was with the team and on the practice field Wednesday, but when approached for comments afterwards, the 24-year-old dismissed reporters, telling them he needed to go "take a [expletive]". NY is in the process of interviewing general manager candidates following the firing of Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo on December 4. Apple has had a rough season from start to finish this season, spending several weeks on the bench after dealing with a family matter. Earlier this month, Collins said that he'd had conversations with Apple about the cornerback's struggles but, the next day, Apple denied that he had ever talked to Collins about any of that.

The New York Post reported last month that Apple almost left the team facility after he was criticized for making bad plays during a film session.

It's hard to imagine Apple being a priority for next season when the new regime is in place, considering his first-round status will count against Reese's resume, not his successor's.

"Look, we're all grown men in there", Collins said.

The cover man is dealing with plenty of drama off the field, too, but National Football League teams are littered with players facing complex personal lives.

  • Marlene Weaver