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.
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.
Apple, who was suspended for the Giants' season finale Sunday against the Redskins, isn't expected to be retained by the team in 2018 when a new GM and head coach are in place, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. "He will not be in a Giants uniform next year. Dude is done with Giants. Done," a team source informed Anderson.
In addition to seeing his play take a dramatic downturn in his second NFL season, Apple, a 2016 first-round pick, appears to have worn out his welcome with both team personnel and teammates, with safety Landon Collins referring to the cornerback as a "cancer" during a radio interview Tuesday. It appears a changing of the guard among the team's brain trust won't do much to change Apple's standing in the organization, so look for the Giants to pursue trading him during the offseason.
The 2016 first-round pick has been a healthy scratch at times this season and was limited to special teams in Sunday's 23-0 loss to the Cardinals. He may have sealed his fate for Week 17 when he made a rude comment to the media Wednesday in response to questions about teammate Landon Collins (arm) referring to Apple as "a cancer." Given their respective reputations, Apple would be wise to make peace with Collins or else find a path to a new organization. The suspension has minimal impact on the Giants' game plan for Week 17.
|5||10/7/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|7||10/22/18||@ ATL||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|10||11/12/18||@ SF||8:15 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2016||New York Giants||14||51||41.0||10||0||1||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2017||New York Giants||11||49||41.0||8||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||8|
|2018||New York Giants||2||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||New York Giants||14||0||0||1||1||1||0||2||0|
|2017||New York Giants||11||0||0||0||0||2||0||2||0|
|2018||New York Giants||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|