Giants S Landon Collins said on Wednesday that CB Eli Apple has "checked out," while speaking to Josina Anderson of ESPN.
"I feel like he's checked out," Collins said. "If you go back to the game on Sunday, Eli was sitting down on the sideline. That's not what we need right now."
Collins' comments came a day after he seemed to call Apple a "cancer" during an ESPN radio show, per ESPN.com's Ian O'Connor.
"There's one corner who needs to grow up, and we all know who that is," Collins said. "That's the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides that, DRC and Jackrabbit, they play hard, they love what they do. That first pick, he's a cancer."
Collins tweeted an apology on Wednesday, but did not address the most recent comments:
I met with Coach Spags and Eli this morning and I apologized for the things I said yesterday. I never stop supporting my brother/teammate Eli and the rest of my teammates as we move forward. Just want him to know I'm always here for him 💯@EliApple13- LANDON COLLINS (@TheHumble_21) December 27, 2017
Collins said earlier this month that the 22-year-old Apple "needs to grow up."
Giants interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo said he met with Collins and Apple separately on Wednesday before all three met together, and said the meeting was "really productive."
Collins and Apple's feud began earlier this month, when Apple claimed that Collins hadn't tried to help him with the recent turmoil he's been dealing with.
"I guess he don't remember things," Collins told reporters when informed of Apple's claim that he hadn't tried to help him.
Apple had earlier suggested Collins was a liar, responding "no" to a question of whether Collins had spoken to him and tried to help him.
After being told that Collins said he reached out to try to help him and asking if that was true, Apple again responded "no."
Apple did not see playing time on defense during the Giants' Week 16 loss to the Cardinals, although coach Steve Spagnuolo said he was going to give Apple some opportunities in dime situations.
"The guys that have been in there have been playing together for a little bit, the continuity has been good, so we just kinda of left it at that," Spagnuolo said. "Probably need to get him in there.''
When asked after Sunday's game about his playing time, Apple said "It was a coaches' decision, that's all I have to say,'' according to the New York Post.