Giants’ Rodgers-Cromartie apologizes, welcomed back

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was apologetic and enthusiastic as he returned to the New York Giants after a one-week suspension. He called it a miscommunication and misunderstanding with coach Ben McAdoo that escalated the situation.

Rodgers-Cromartie was reinstated after a meeting with McAdoo on Tuesday morning. He returned to practice for the first time on Wednesday, one week after he walked out of the Giants facility upset with being informed of his benching Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Cam Newton’s resurgence has the Panthers atop the NFC South standings, and two recent wins have proven they aren’t just a paper tiger. Carolina notched road wins over Super Bowl 51 champion New England and 2016 playoff participant Detroit to make its claim as a 2017 contender. The Eagles behind the play of second-year passer Carson Wentz, need a win Thursday to dispel the ghosts of last season’s disappointing finish.

The Giants might’ve won in Denver (surprise!) but they’re still 1-5 and devastated by injury. Not having Odell Beckham Jr. is a game-changer. They also have a tough remaining schedule, with only two of their final 10 games against teams currently with a losing record. — Jordan Raanan

That has not materialized, though Bryant isn’t exactly being ignored. He has played 71 percent of Pittsburgh’s offensive snaps, second among Steelers wide receivers to only the incredible Antonio Brown (93 percent) and slightly ahead of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster (66 percent), though Smith-Schuster saw the field more in Week 6. Bryant has been targeted 34 times, which is third on the team behind Brown (74) and superstar running back Le’Veon Bell (39). Smith-Schuster has 24 targets.

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