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.
"Guys are going to have to step up and that's what it is," he told reporters on Thursday. "That's the game of football. It's next man up and go from there."
Vernon also dismissed the notion that head coach Ben McAdoo has lost a grip on his locker room, noting that "we've always had order on the team."
"Coach does a great job in setting what we have to do, so I don't know what happened," he said.
The 27-year-old has logged 13 tackles and two sacks in four games for the Giants this season. He was forced to leave the team's Week 4 loss to the Buccaneers due to injury and missed Week 5.
Vernon said he is day-to-day and improving every day, but will have to see how he feels before this weekend's game.