The New York Giants have promoted cornerback Donte Deayon from the team’s practice squad to replace suspended cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the franchise formally announced on Thursday morning.
Deayon was solid during preseason for the Giants, registering six total tackles and one interception. He played his collegiate football at Boise State University, but went undrafted in 2016. He ended up spending the 2016-17 campaign on New York’s practice squad before ultimately being placed on injured reserve.
Rodgers-Cromartie was frustrated on Sunday when he was pulled from the game while dealing with what appeared to be a leg injury as he hobbled around the field. After being pulled, Rodgers-Cromartie then went into the locker room and seemed to have the intent of leaving the stadium before later returning to the field. On Tuesday, Rodgers-Cromartie met with head coach Ben McAdoo for what was called a personal conversation. The next day, the defensive back showed up to practice to tell the team that he was leaving.
McAdoo has since suspended Rodgers-Cromartie indefinitely, which could last between one and four weeks, according to the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Rodgers-Cromartie is in his fourth year with the Giants. He signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the team back in March 2014. His tenure with New York had been very successful up until this point, including a Pro Bowl appearance back in 2015. Through five games this season, Rodgers-Cromartie has registered 26 total tackles and o.5 sacks.
The Giants have gotten off to a disappointing 0-5 start and will now hit the road to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday.