Apple (groin) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice. Apple did not participate in practice to begin the week, so his limited participation is a step in the right direction. The third-year cornerback sat out Week 3's game against the Texans due to a groin injury, and should be considered questionable to play against the Saints on Sunday. If Apple misses any time, B.W. Webb and Donte Deayon would receive increased defensive snaps.
Apple (groin) was officially ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. Apple was unable to practice Wednesday and Thursday after suffering the groin injury Sunday night against the Cowboys, so his forthcoming absence is unsurprising. B.W. Webb and Donte Deayon should see increased roles with Apple sidelined versus Houston.
Apple left Sunday night's game with a groin injury. One of the team's starting corners, Apple had played well so far this season. B.W. Webb and Donte Deayon are the candidates to fill in should Apple miss time.
First-year Giants head coach Pat Shurmur said Wednesday that he will give Apple a "clean slate" for the upcoming campaign after the team suspended the 22-year-old for the 2017 season finale, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com reports. Apple's team-imposed suspension was the nadir of a disastrous season for the second-year cornerback both on and off the field. In addition to getting benched for performance-related reasons during the second half of the season, Apple missed time to be with his mother while she recovered from brain surgery and drew the ire of both teammates and the coaching staff for his behavior in the locker room. With the Giants bringing in a new coach and general manager following the season, Apple should receive the opportunity to reestablish himself as a cornerstone player in the secondary, but it's still expected that he'll have to battle for a starting role in training camp.
The Giants officially lifted Apple's team-imposed suspension Tuesday. Apple drew the ire of teammates and others within the organization for his antics in the locker room and his declining play on the field in 2017, culminating in the Giants suspending him for the season-ending victory over the Redskins on Sunday. While it would appear Apple has many fences to mend if he's to remain with the Giants next season, the front-office and coaching-staff turnover could help his case for sticking around. Newly hired general manager Dave Gettleman told SiriusXM NFL Radio that he planned to meet with Apple on Wednesday, presumably to discuss the cornerback's future with the team.
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