Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could have his indefinite suspension last only one week, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Rapoport says 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.
McAdoo addressed the team about the situation on Friday, according to DE Jason Pierre-Paul.
"He addressed it," Pierre-Paul said, "but I'm pretty sure DRC and him worked it out and whatever happened, happened."
Rodgers-Cromartie was suspensed indefinitely on Thursday, but McAdoo wouldn't elaborate as to why, simply saying after Thursday's practice that Rodgers-Cromartie violated team rules.
He arrived at the team facility Thursday to speak with McAdoo, who informed him of the suspension.
According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the NFL CBA states that Rodgers-Cromartie can only be suspended for a maximum four games after which the team must either release or reinstate him. He will also lose $410,588 for every week suspended.
The move came after Rodgers-Cromartie left practice Wednesday following conversations with McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese. McAdoo informed Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday that he would be inactive for Sunday's game against the Broncos after an incident against the Chargers last Sunday.
Rodgers-Cromarite came off the field during the second half, but went back on later in the game, which angered McAdoo.
To fill the roster spot, the Giants announced CB Donte Deayon was signed from the practice squad.
The 31-year-old has been with the Giants since 2014. He is set to earn $6.48 million in 2018 after which he is eligible for free agency.
Ben McAdoo's decision to leave the DRC suspension open-ended is just the latest bizarre twist in this messy saga. It's anybody's guess now whether it's for a day or for four weeks, and about what has to happen for him to ever return to the team.
One thing seems certain, though: DRC's time with the Giants is coming to an end. He's signed through the end of next season, but he is due a $6.48 million salary in 2018 and carried a cap hit of $8.5 million. The Giants would clear $6.5 million of that off the books by cutting him in the offseason, which they almost certainly will do.
It's also possible they'll get rid of him sooner. It seems doubtful they would just cut him, but in a cornerback-needy league it's possible they can trade him before the Oct. 31 deadline. Now, he's 31 years old and often battling injuries - not to mention questions about how willing he is to fight through them - so it's hard to imagine the Giants getting anything in return better than a conditional seventh-round pick. But if they really think they need the addition by subtraction, they could surely find a taker.
That would be risky, though, because DRC is incredibly popular in the locker room, particularly among the players in the secondary. There are already signs that Landon Collins, Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple aren't thrilled with the coaching staff. Dumping DRC has the potential to incite a revolt.
For now, though, DRC will likely be back at some point. It'll be interesting to see how McAdoo handles his return and any of the internal fallout from the suspension. The external impression is already one of a team in total chaos. If it starts to reflect that internally too, McAdoo will find it hard to survive.