Giants OL Ereck Flowers denied that he was benched this week, reports James Kratch of NJ Advance Media.
Flowers was listed as inactive for the Giants' season finale on Sunday against the Redskins at MetLife Stadium.
He called the reports of his benching "false" and that "wasn't suspended and "wasn't benched." As he left the stadium, he said he wishes he could have played, according to Kratch.
Giants GM Dave Gettleman approved the benching of Flowers, who was listed as "questionable" this week and refused to practice on Friday, sources told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. Gettleman waived OL Bobby Hart ahead of the team's final game of the season.
Flowers, the Giants' first-round pick in 2015, has struggled to live up to expectations since joining the Giants.