Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will be back at the team's facility on Tuesday morning for a meeting with head coach Ben McAdoo, according to a source, and if all goes well his suspension could be lifted by the end of the day.
The 31-year-old cornerback was suspended "indefinitely" last Thursday, one day after he stormed out of the Giants facility after an apparent confrontation with the Giants head coach. McAdoo had always promised to "revisit" the suspension sometime this week, and Rodgers-Cromartie's teammates expect that he'll be reinstated.
All McAdoo would say about it on his weekly conference call on Monday, though, was, "I'll visit with DRC a little bit later in the week. We'll sit down and have a conversation and see where we are."
What McAdoo is expected to find when the visit takes place is a contrite Rodgers-Cromartie, who admitted to ESPN that he "handled (the situation) the wrong way." Several teammates said he's expressed the same sentiment to them.
It is still unclear, however, exactly what the situation was. McAdoo has refused to reveal specifics publicly, though NBC's Al Michaels said he told their broadcast team in a production meeting for the Giants' Sunday night game in Denver that there were "four separate incidents" that led to the suspension.
Asked about why he'd tell that to the NBC broadcast team after telling local media that he wanted to keep the details in-house, McAdoo said only, "I said everything I needed to say on the DRC front."
There are three "incidents" known about what led to Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension. His problems with McAdoo began on Oct. 6 during what is normally a "recovery day" for the team. Rodgers-Cromartie, according to a source, left his recovery day activity without permission, though he apparently didn't leave the Giants' facility.
Then something happened to anger Rodgers-Cromartie during the Giants' home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Oct. 8 when at one point in the second half he was seen leaving the field, slamming his helmet to the ground and walking to the locker room. The veteran cornerback appeared to be limping at the time, but whatever he did and said angered McAdoo, and the coach summoned the player for a meeting last Tuesday.
During that meeting, McAdoo told him he would not play in the Giants' game in Denver, a decision that Rodgers-Cromartie told ESPN "had me hot -- so I left." Actually, Rodgers-Cromartie didn't leave until the next day, after first showing up at work on Wednesday to clean out his locker. He told ESPN, "I left (because) I felt what he said was BS."
The Giants announced Rodgers-Cromartie's suspension last Wednesday. He returned to meet with McAdoo on Thursday, which is when the coach announced the suspension was "indefinite."
Aside from the recovery day incident, the sideline incident and DRC going AWOL on Wednesday, it's not clear what the mysterious fourth incident is. Rodgers-Cromartie will surely be asked about that whenever he's reinstated and finally meets the media to address how and why everything went so wrong.