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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo before the start of overtime against the Kansas City Chiefs at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Maybe there's no way for Ben McAdoo to save his head coaching job at this point. Or maybe there's just a sliver of hope that he can convince his bosses to give him one more season.

If there is, he took the first tiny steps toward salvation with his best coaching week of the year.

Sure, the bar was pretty low heading in, but even the most strident McAdoo critics have to give him credit for this. Coming off the worst back-to-back performances by the Giants in recent memory, including a loss to a winless team in which some of his players were accused of outright quitting, McAdoo found some buttons to push, both midweek and in-game on Sunday.

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - When the Giants owners held their fire on Ben McAdoo this week and announced they would re-evaluate everything at the end of the season, New Year's Day became a key day on the team calendar. That's the day after the end of the regular season -- and the day McAdoo would be fired.

Maybe.

Even though it feels inevitable, and is being reported as virtually a done deal, the truth is John Mara and Steve Tisch have not definitively made up their mind on the future of McAdoo and the franchise yet. Most team sources believe McAdoo will be fired, but they simultaneously warn that there is a lot of time left for that to change...

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Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where head coach Ben McAdoo discussed the team meeting he had with his players on Wednesday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo held what he called a "brutally honest" team meeting on Wednesday. He showed film clips of both the offense and defense to everyone, including a few when specific players seemed to lack the "desire" - to use his word - to finish plays.

The players swear they got the message. They said it was eye-opening to see so many bad plays on film. They said McAdoo's accompanying words were direct and harsh, and they took them to heart.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveWith a storm of chaos and losses swirling around their franchise, the Giants owners made it clear on Monday that Ben McAdoo is still their head coach and almost certainly will be for the rest of this miserable season.

But their statement of "support" of the embattled McAdoo clearly only lasts until Jan. 1, 2018.

That's the day after the end of what Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch admitted in a statement has been "an extremely disappointing" season so far. Their Giants are 1-8, coming off back-to-back "inexcusable and frustrating" losses, including the disaster in San Francisco on Sunday where the previously winless 49ers beat them 31-21.

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 (Tim Heitman)
(Tim Heitman)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Friday.

Jason Pierre-Paul's absence at practice Thursday wasn't injury-related >> Read More

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Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) is stopped by New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood (28) is stopped by New York Giants outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas (52) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

The Giants travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers this Sunday. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants will practice at the Quest Diagnostics Training Facility on Thursday.

Two anonymous Giants ripped head coach Ben McAdoo >> Read More

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

The Giant have reinstated CB Janoris Jenkins from his suspension, which he served last week, missing Sunday's game against the Rams. Jenkins had been suspended indefinitely last Tuesday due to a violation of team rules,

"As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations," coach Ben McAdoo said in a press release at the time. "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."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Ben McAdoo preached last Monday about how he wanted his team to "flush" all their pre-bye week problems. All the while, he knew another one was beginning to brew...

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Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)
Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) (Sergio Estrada)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: If the NFL season ended today, the Giants would be picking third in the 2018 NFL draft -- their highest pick since they took linebacker Carl Banks third way back in 1984.

But if they somehow find a way to lose to the 0-9 49ers in San Francisco this Sunday, their first shot at the No. 1 overall pick in 52 years would be in play.

What would the Giants do with that unexpected gold? Would they grab their next franchise quarterback? Take the best tackle or running back instead? Or trade down with a quarterback-starved franchise for a boat-load of high picks over the next few years?

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sidelines during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo walks the sidelines during the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at MetLife Stadium. (Danny Wild/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' owners do not like change. They don't want to fire coaches or blow up their organizational plan. They want to be patient, reasonable and understanding. The want to give the people they hire as much time as they can.

But time is now running out on head coach Ben McAdoo, and there's no other way to see it after Sunday's 51-17 home disaster against the Los Angeles Rams, which was humiliating and embarrassing to just about everyone except for McAdoo himself. The coach of this now-1-7 team insisted, somehow, "Embarrassing isn't a word I'd use."

His bosses probably would use it, though, and so did his players, right after they laid down and laid out the case for making a coaching change at the end of the year.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard runs away from Philadelphia Eagles strong safety Malcolm Jenkins on a 77-yard touchdown catch at Lincoln Financial Field. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME

The Giants (1-6) vs. the Los Angeles Rams (5-2) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

That dark cloud that's been hovering over the Giants all season? Yeah, it'll be there Sunday. The forecast calls for "considerable cloudiness" and intermittent rain with a temperature in the low 60s. As if the crowd wasn't going to be small enough for this one ...

WHAT IT MEANS

There are really two ways this season can go for head coach Ben McAdoo. His team can show some fight, keep the games competitive and maybe steal a win or two. Or his team can surrender and start getting blown out. Now that they're back from their bye, whichever way they start out is likely where the rest of the games are headed. They are very undermanned now, and they know they have nothing to play for, so motivation won't be easy. Neither will be responding when things go wrong (and things will go wrong). It will be a test of McAdoo's coaching and leadership ability. How the team reacts may determine whether he keeps his job.

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New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)
New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and head coach Ben McAdoo (Kim Klement)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The playoffs are out of the question after a 1-6 start, especially with all the injuries the Giants are enduring. And with the trade deadline gone, the Giants blew their chance to turn a few excess veterans into extra draft picks. So that pretty much takes all the drama and excitement out of the final nine games of the year.

So, as the Giants return from their bye week to face the resurgent Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, what is left to watch in this miserable season? More than you'd think, even if it's not what anyone hoped would be at stake down the stretch this year...

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DNL: Giants locker room issues 00:03:04
On DNL, Jonas Schwartz, John Harper, Sal Licata and Anthony McCarron discuss whether Giants head coach Ben McAdoo has lost the locker room.

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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The Giants practice on Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Oliver Vernon, Justin Pugh, B.J. Goodson among Giants who missed practice Wednesday. >> Read More

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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

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Ben McAdoo lied on Monday when he said cornerback Janoris Jenkins was excused from practice for "personal reasons," and there was no way to hide from that after suspending Jenkins for that absence one day later.

McAdoo had a reason for doing that, though. He thought he'd get away with it because he assumed Jenkins would have a good excuse for his absence.

He just assumed wrong.

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

A couple of former Giants in Lawrence Tynes and Carl Banks called out the current players for their lack of responsibility after a 1-6 start. 

Blame for the Giants' dismal start to the season as been pointed in every direction from GM Jerry Reese to head coach Ben McAdoo. But Tynes believes that it is just an excuse to put blame on the people that aren't playing the game on the field. He sent out a tweet urging the current Giants to look at themselves and make a change. 

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The Giant have suspended CB Janoris Jenkins indefinitely due to a violation of team rules, the team announced Tuesday. Jenkins will miss Sunday's game against the Rams, and the team will review the situation next week.

"As a member of this team, there are standards and we have responsibilities and obligations," coach Ben McAdoo said in a press release. "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."

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Ben McAdoo preached on Monday about how he wanted his team to "flush" all their pre-bye week problems. All the while, he knew another one was beginning to brew.

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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:02:18
Ralph Vacchiano reports the latest from Giants practice, where the team is coming off a bye week looking to rebound.

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

Need to Know

The Giants get the day off, and will have practice on Wednesday. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) fumbles the ball late in the fourth quarter as New York Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) makes the hit at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch)

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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The Giants practice on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Janoris Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely from the team due to a violation in team rules >> Read More

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 (Kim Klement)
(Kim Klement)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - NFL trades are rare to begin with, especially in the middle of the season. The Giants have only done it once in the Jerry Reese era, when they acquired injury-prone linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers back in 2013.

So with the trade deadline set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday, don't expect the Giants to be in on the action.

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa (26) stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons (31) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

The Giants (1-6) take on the Rams (5-2) at MetLife Stadium coming off their bye week.

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Giants practice at the Quest Dianostics Training Center at 11:10 a.m. on Monday.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano will be out the team facility, and will be posting the latest news, notes, and opinion later on. Follow @RVacchianoSNY on Twitter to keep up with all the happenings at practice.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants enter a much-needed bye week as they try to figure out how to improve on an unexpected first half of the season. 

Only the San Francisco 49ers own a worse record in the NFC (0-7) than the Giants, and following a first half of injuries and bad play on the field, head coach Ben McAdoo thinks it's best to get away from the game for a bit and regroup.

"I think we need to get away from it for a little bit," McAdoo told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. "We need to get away from it, we need to clear our minds, get our bodies back and get back with a fresh outlook, as tough as that may be. We need to come back, we have a lot of football left to play. We had a lot of fight in us [Sunday] and that needs to continue."

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Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Nov 27, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the fourth quarter between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Giants at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Giants won 27-13. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | ArchiveDominique Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension may be over, but his punishment apparently is not.

At least that's the way it looked, and how the 31-year-old cornerback interpreted it, when he was mostly a sideline bystander during the Giants' 24-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Fresh off his one-week suspension, DRC not only didn't start, but he was replaced by Ross Cockrell in the Giants' nickel defense package.

Overall, he played just 16 snaps - or 21 percent of the Giants' defensive plays - which was a sharp drop from the 75 percent rate he had been playing through the first five games of the year.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson catches a touchdown pass over New York Giants strong safety Landon Collins during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- This is all that mattered to Landon Collins: On a throw from Russell Wilson in the fourth quarter, deep into the end zone, the Giants safety went up for the ball and came down with the ball.

"It was an interception," Collins said.

Except it wasn't.

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Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Oct 1, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) blocks as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence (57) rushes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |: Standing at 1-6 entering the second half, it's safe to say the season is lost for the Giants. It was a major letdown based their preseason expectations -- possibly the biggest this franchise has faced in recent years. So, these next nine games don't seem like that big of a deal. Fans are pleading the Giants to tank to get a top five draft pick, and refocus to next season. 

But for the team, they still have a job to do. Paychecks are still being signed by the front office, and for some, it could be the last ones they see from the organization following the season.

Here are some Giants that need to perform in the second half if they wish to remain on Big Blue next season:

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) runs the ball on a reception in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants practice Friday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

Olivier Vernon missed practice Thursday after participating on Wednesday. Eli Apple returned after not showing up Wednesday due to personal reasons. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Ben McAdoo (AP)
Ben McAdoo (AP)

The Giants (1-5) head home to face the Seahawks (3-2) at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. Here's what's going on today...

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The Giants practice Thursday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned to the Giants, and was apologetic for his actions that led to his suspension. WR Sterling Shepard also returned to practice. 

Keep an eye on SNY Giants throughout the day for the latest news, notes, and opinon on Big Blue...

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Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie returns to the Giants following his one-game suspension from the team for locker room misconduct.

 

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New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Eli Apple (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Cornerack Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie wasn't the only player making a heralded return to Giants practice on Wednesday. Receiver Sterling Shepard was back, too.

Shepard, who missed the Giants' big win in Denver with a sprained ankle, was on the field and participating in the portion of practice open to the media. He went through some individual drills and appeared to be running well without a limp.

His return would be huge for a Giants receiving corps that was battered by the losses of Odell Beckham, Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris. Shepard, with 22 catches for 263 yards and a touchdown this season, is by far the best and most accomplished receiver the Giants have left...

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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - One week ago, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was fuming at his coach, packing up his locker and storming out of the Giants' practice facility. It was hard to explain such insubordinate behavior.

But on Wednesday, he had a pretty good explanation.

"I'm dramatic, man. I'm crazy," DRC said. "I do stuff over the top, man.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had his indefinite suspension lifted on Tuesday, the team announced.

The Giants waived/injured CB Michael Hunter in order to make room on the roster for Rodgers-Cromartie.

Rodgers-Cromartie was set to meet with head coach Ben McAdoo on Tuesday to discuss his suspension. After the decision, DRC will rejoin the Giants on Wednesday for practice. 

The 31-year-old was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday following a confrontation with McAdoo. He didn't travel with the team to Denver for their Sunday night game against the Broncos. Rodgers-Cromartie later admitted to ESPN that he "handled (the situation) the wrong way."

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New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie catches a pass during OTA practice at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Noah K. Murray/USA Today Sports Images)

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Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be back at the team's facility on Tuesday morning for a meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo, according to a source, and if all goes well his suspension could be lifted by the end of the day.

The 31-year-old cornerback was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday, one day after he stormed out of the Giants facility after an apparent confrontation with the Giants head coach. McAdoo had always promised to "revisit" the suspension sometime this week, and Rodgers-Cromartie's teammates expect that he'll be reinstated.

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New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa stiff arms Denver Broncos strong safety Justin Simmons in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

Well, that was unexpected.

The Giants suffered through one of their worst weeks in years, with their best player and two other receivers lost to the season with injuries, one player suspended, several other players hurt and a general sense of chaos, unhappiness and gloom hanging over the team. Going on the road to Denver against one of the NFL's best defenses seemed like an obvious recipe for disaster.

So, how to explain the scoreboard: Giants 23, Broncos 10?

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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could have his indefinite suspension last only one week, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says that Rodgers-Cromartie will rejoin the Giants at some point this week. Following talks with head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese, he is confident he will be reinstated for the team's home matchup against the Seahawks in Week 7. 

McAdoo said he will revisit the indefinite suspension when he speaks to Rodgers-Cromartie next week, the Giants' head coach said on Friday.

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Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)
Ben McAdoo (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said Friday that no one is giving his 0-5 team "a chance in hell" to win on Sunday night against the Broncos in Denver.

"We've got a great opportunity," McAdoo said. "There's nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People don't think we can score a point without 13 [Odell Beckham, Jr.]. They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isn't important to the whole locker room. So, we're going to find out what we're made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team."

The Giants, who lost wide receivers Beckham, Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries during last week's loss to the Chargers, will also be without Sterling Shepard on Sunday.

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GEICO SportsNite: DRC suspension 00:00:57
Janoris Jenkins and Olivier Vernon offer their thoughts on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension during their 0-5 start to the season.

Giants DE Olivier Vernon hopes to see the team's defensive players stepping up in the absence of CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Vernon, who called Rodgers-Cromartie a "great leader," said he is not certain of the details surrounding the suspension but said the team needs to focus on preparing for the Denver Broncos.

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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports from Giants practice where cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday.

 

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New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants offensive guard Justin Pugh (67) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. New York Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

With the Giants getting off to a winless start to the season, things have been a little more difficult in the locker room, according to Justin Pugh

"[It's] as good as you can be being 0-5. I mean, I think we've gotten tighter," Pugh said after Wednesday's practice. "I can speak just specifically for the offensive line. Hasn't been the easiest year. I've been through something like this before and you just have to stick together and keep working and good things will eventually start to go our way."

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo (David Richard/AP)

Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: The Giants don't like change. They prefer stability and patience. They prefer to give their plans a chance to work.

But they also really don't like chaos. And that's the one thing that will truly test their patience with Ben McAdoo and could end up pushing the coach straight out the door.

That may seem crazy just 17 games into his head coaching career, but McAdoo is suddenly on very shaky ground just one year after he led the Giants back to the postseason and to an 11-5 record. His job should be in no jeopardy at all just one-third of the way through Year 2, even though the Giants are 0-5 and headed towards at least 0-7.

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Brad Wing, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Eli Apple didn't think he was playing poorly and he didn't think teams were targeting him through the first four games of the season. So he certainly didn't seem to have any idea that he was in danger of being benched.

So imagine his surprise when he was.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Beckham injury 00:02:31
The Football Night in New York crew discusses Odell Beckham Jr. fracturing his ankle in the team's loss to the Chargers.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants' season is just about over. And now Odell Beckham Jr.'s season could be over, too.

The superstar receiver was carted off the field on Sunday after suffering a fractured left ankle in the fourth quarter of the Giants' 27-22 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The Giants say he may need surgery, which would almost certainly end his season. A source familiar with his injury said that surgery is "likely," though a decision won't be made until after he has an MRI.

Tags: Brandon Marshall, D.J. Fluker, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Jonathan Casillas, Landon Collins, Odell Beckham Jr., Orleans Darkwa, Sterling Shepard
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FNNY: What went wrong in Tampa? 00:01:49
The Football Night New York crew discusses what went wrong in Tampa for the Giants in Sunday's loss.

After Sunday's last-second loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dropped the Giants to 0-4, New York reportedly saw its playoff odds diminish to around 1 percent.

The Giants, who lost 25-23 on Nick Folk's game-winning field goal as time expired, had a 4.4 percent chance at making the playoffs, according to Football Outsiders, and now they are around 1 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Info, via the New York Daily News' Pat Leonard.

"We have to figure this out fast, because we're so far in a hole that it's hard to see," cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said, according to Leonard.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 18, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants safety Landon Collins (21) reacts during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Giants defense may have allowed only 17 points to the Lions Monday night, but the way the defense is taking the loss wouldn't indicate such a performance. 

Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who led the team with eight combined tackles, was only focused on the loss following the game rather than individual perfomances. 

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter | :As per usual, the Giants defense was solid despite the loss. However, if we want to pick on something, the secondary could have easily stopped the Lions touchdowns. 

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Landon Collins
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants-Lions 00:00:50
Steve Spagnuolo and Damon "Snacks" Harrison discuss the threat of Matt Stafford and the Lions and what they need to do to lock in a win.

Lions QB Matthew Stafford has one of the strongest arms in the league, and Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie knows the secondary needs to be weary of it Monday night. 

"Definitely. He definitely trusts his arm," Rodgers-Cromartie said on Stafford's abilities in the pocket. "You can see on film, he has tight coverage, but somehow he zips it in there. When he's healthy, he's got a real strong arm."

Stafford is without his favorite target last season in Anquan Boldin, but with rookie WR Kenny Golladay showing out in his NFL debut, he has another viable deep threat in Rodgers-Cromartie's eyes. 

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The Giants defense may have been on the field for too long due to lack of offense, but they are not using it as an excuse for allowing 19 points in their loss to the Cowboys on Sunday night. 

In the first half, the defense saw 47 plays from the Cowboys as the offense couldn't get anything going. The unit, which many believe to be one of the best in the NFL this season, looked fatigued. However, CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn't want to hear that after the game. 

"At some point you have to suck it up," Rodgers-Cromartie told The Post. "You just have to find a way to get off the field. We didn't get off the field enough."

Tags: B.J. Goodson, Dalvin Tomlinson, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Jonathan Casillas
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Loud Mouths on Elliott ruling 00:02:35
Dan Graca and Jon Hein discuss the twist in Ezekiel Elliott's suspension: he will play Week 1, and sit Weeks 2-7.

Giants S Landon Collins is ready to face Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, whose is eligible to play in the team's season opener in Dallas Sunday night.

Elliott's six-game suspension for violating the NFL's domestic violence policy was upheld, but because the suspenion was not locked in by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, it was delayed a week allowing the sophomore running back to play.

Collins wanted nothing less than to see Elliott on the field Sunday.  

"I'm hoping that his appeal goes through," Colllins told The Post's Paul Schwartz. "He's a great player, an exciting player and I love to play against the best players." 

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Odell and other problems 00:01:16
In the latest installment of JRSportBrief on SNY.tv, JR says that Odell Beckham Jr?s ankle is not the only concern for the Giants offense.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Odell Beckham stayed inside, away from the prying eyes of the media, as the Giants practiced on Monday afternoon. But his teammate, Olivier Vernon, said Beckham was "in high spirits" and he was apparently walking around the locker room as if his ankle was fine.

Still, the Giants preferred to keep their star receiver's sprained ankle cloaked in mystery as they returned to practice for the first time since Beckham's injury on Monday night. Giants coach Ben McAdoo again refused to provide an update, except to confirm that he's "getting treatment" and the team is taking it "day by day."

But even though Beckham's status for the Giants' opener on Sept. 10 is in doubt, Beckham's demeanor has given his teammates a positive outlook on how quickly he can return...

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Weston Richburg, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Matt Dayes (27) is tackled by New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)
Aug 21, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Matt Dayes (27) is tackled by New York Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports (Scott Galvin)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For two brief series on Monday night, Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie played safety for the first time in his 10 NFL seasons. It was an eye-opening experience for him, but one he doesn't expect to repeat any time soon.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

Giants QB Eli Manning, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie are listed as healthy scratches for the first preseason game against the Steelers Friday. 

Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall are not on the list, meaning they could see some time on the field. 

Among the injury-related scratches are WR Sterling Shepard, LB Keenan Robinson, and WR Tavarres King

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr.
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New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants linebacker Devon Kennard during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

Giants linebacker Devon Kennard said he hopes New York's defense can maintain its high energy a year after giving up the second fewest points in the league.

"I want to see us set the tempo from ground zero, and that's me personally," Kennard said. "If safeties and linebackers are communicating well, and we are getting the things that we need to to the D-line, from a linebacker perspective, I think it starts there. If we are doing that and being physical, I like where we are headed."

The Giants bring back a strong defensive core with a defensive line that features Jason Pierre-Paul, Damon Harrison and Olivier Vernon; linebackers Kennard and Jonathan Casillas; and a secondary of Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Landon Collins and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. By retaining so many defenders, Kennard said the team's familiarity with the system and each other can only help moving forward.

"We already know so much about the defense, so now we can get into the little details and nuances that maybe a year or two ago we weren't able to hit the same way because there were so many guys trying to learn the defense," said Kennard, who recorded 61 combined tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery while playing all 16 games last season.

Tags: Damon Harrison, Devon Kennard, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Janoris Jenkins, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Olivier Vernon
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Loud Mouths: Boom or Bust Giants 00:07:08
With camp opening today, Dan Graca and Jon Hein debate what the expectations for the Giants should be this season

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There isn't a lot of uncertainty in the Giants' lineup, but there are still some lingering questions as they head into a pivotal year. They are coming off an 11-5 season and are expected to be a Super Bowl contender. But they are far from a powerhouse team without any flaws.

So you've undoubtedly got plenty of questions. I'll take my best chance at giving you some answers here in my pre-training camp reader mailbag, Part III:

Tags: Brandon Marshall, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Ralph Vacchiano
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