The Giants have suspended CB Eli Apple for the remainder of the season due to detrimental conduct.
"We have suspended Eli for a pattern of behavior that is conduct detrimental to the team," interim GM Kevin Abrams said.
Part of that behavior was an argument Apple had with QB coach Tim Walton during practice on Wednesday over his refusal to take the field with the scout team, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, adding that the argument was "heated." According to Vacchiano, Wednesday was not the first time Apple and Walton squared off this season.
Apple said he did not play on defense during Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Arizona Cardinals due to a "coach's decision," according to Newsday's Tom Rock.
"It was a coach's decision," Apple said on Sunday. "That's all I have to say. Ask the coach, man. Have a good one."
The 22-year-old Apple has also been engaging in a feud with S Landon Collins.
Apple, who played in last week's game against the Philadelphia Eagles, had missed four games earlier this season. He missed two games due to a back/hip injury, and he was a healthy scratch in two other games to be with his mother, who had been recovering from brain surgery.
ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that Apple's contract includes clauses which would allow the Giants to void the remaining guaranteed money he's owed in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The second-year cornerback out of Ohio State has been at a crossroads at the early stages in his career.
Apple had 49 combined tackles and eight passes defensed this season. As a rookie in 2016, he recorded 51 combined tackles, seven passes defensed and one interception in 14 games.