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Eli Apple suspended by Giants prior to season finale

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A tumultuous and disappointing second NFL season for Eli Apple came to an end Wednesday when the New York Giants suspended him “for a pattern of behavior that is detrimental to the team,” per a statement from interim general manager Kevin Abrams.

As others have rightly pointed out via Twitter, Eli Manning ran the scout team without complaint a few weeks ago when Ben McAdoo unceremoniously benched him in favor of Geno Smith.

Apple, the team’s 2016, first-round pick, had previously been benched for disciplinary reasons and left inactive for several other games. He played in 11 games this season.

Last Sunday, Apple was active but played no defensive snaps. This week, safety Landon Collins called him “a cancer” on the team, a term for which he has since apologized.

Collins and Apple both met with interim coach Steve Spagnuolo on Wednesday before the suspension was announced.

“(Landon and I) had a quick conversation this morning and then I had a quick conversation with Eli,” Spagnuolo said. “And then all three of us had a really good conversation and it was very productive and I’ll just leave it at that. It’s between them and they were really great.”

While Collins apologized for the use of the word “cancer,” this seems like the Giants basically — and extremely belatedly — agreeing with him. It has to lend even more credence to the idea that Apple may not have a future with the Giants.