As Garafolo reported Saturday on Good Morning Football Weekend, Apple was speaking back to coaches during last week's practices and earned the ensuing benching. The corner also yelled something in the direction of, but not necessarily at, Giants vice president of community relations Frank Mara after Rodgers-Cromartie left the field unceremoniously in the second half.
Apple said, when asked this week about his brief ban, "I just stay in my lane, that's all I do." When asked whether he expects to start against the Denver Broncos this week, he was equally vague, saying, "I expect to just go hard when I'm out there on the field."
This Apple quarrel makes more contentious an already sensitive situation in East Rutherford, as McAdoo must grapple with a season, a locker room and a position group in the midst of unraveling. Self-heralded as the N.Y.P.D. (New York Pass Defense) Blue last season, the Giants secondary has underwhelmed on and off the field in 2017, earning more derision and fewer monikers.