Giants head coach Steve Spagnuolo doesn't feel he needs to interject in the drama between S Landon Collins and CB Eli Apple.
Apple made controversial headlines this week after he was caught tweeting on the sideline of Sunday's contest against the Cowboys, which is a violation of the NFL's social media policy. The second-year safety has had a tumultuous season thus far, -- both on and off the field -- and Collins supposedly talked to Apple about it. However, Apple refuted these claims, saying he spoke with other teammates like Brandon Marshall instead.
Spagnuolo had no comments specifically on the Collins-Apple debate. Instead, he noted how this Giants team is a family.
"No, I really don't," Spagnuolo said on whether or not he would step in. "We are a family. There are going to be disagreements in families and grown men. I'm banking on it will all get worked out."
The Giants' interim head coach did, however, stress the importance of having veteran players to go to when young players like Apple need advice on how to handle things in the NFL.
"In this business, I think what you're talking about really helps when you have veterans on your team that can talk about how it's done and preferably somebody that's a veteran that has been on a championship team or somewhere where they had a lot of success and they can feed to the young guys that this is how you do and don't do things," Spagnuolo said. "I think more than anything when a young player can get it from another player, that's valuable."
Collins is most likely not focusing on this altercation, though, as he may not be able to play Sunday's game against the Eagles. Collins has been battling an ankle injury all week, and after being a limited participant in practice on Thursday, he didn't practice on Friday and is listed as doubtful for Sunday.
However, Spagnuolo didn't rule out Collins playing due to his drive to want to get on the field every game.
"He didn't go today, but we got a little work out of him yesterday. He's a tough guy, you know him," Spagnuolo said. "He wants to play. We'll see what happens when we get to Sunday because tomorrow is just a jog through."
On the other hand, Apple will be able to dress up for the first time in a few weeks. But Spagnuolo won't say if he will officially be active as he said, "I certainly would not want to say anything now anyway to the opposition."
As the wait continues to see when Apple will return to the field, the questions between him and Collins will continue. But, if Spagnulo has any advice for the debate, he believes respect throughout the locker room goes a long way.
"I'm going back to when I was 22 and 23 years old, a long time ago," he said. "But I think a peer that I thought went through the same thing, nobody would ever listen to their mom or dad, right? I was bad that way, too. I do remember older guys that were either in the same or the next class up, respecting them and looking up to them, and certainly if they said something, it would mean a lot. So I think there's a lot of that, I think it's helpful."