Eli Apple, inactive, praises Cowboys RB Rod Smith’s TD on Twitter

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Eli Apple has more explaining to do.


Apple, the Giants’ corner in the doghouse scratched for a fourth straight game on Sunday, retweeted a Twitter account hailing Cowboys running back Rod Smith’s 81-yard touchdown against his own Giants teammates.


Apple and Smith were Ohio State teammates in 2014, but … still.


Apple, 22, approached outside the Giants’ locker room after a 30-10 loss to Dallas, said he couldn’t talk but would be available to speak on Monday at the team’s next open locker room.


Apple, listed out with ankle and back injuries, also tweeted a cryptic “gotta smile in times adversity” message with an upside-down smiling face as his team fell to 2-11.


Apple has been disciplined throughout the season. Ex-coach Ben McAdoo benched him for three series against the Chargers in Week 5 for reportedly yelling at an assistant coach in practice. Apple said after that game that the “culture” needed to change, implying he was a scapegoat.


Apple then reportedly was criticized in a team meeting for a lack of effort after the San Francisco loss and reportedly threatened to leave the team, one day before his mom was set to undergo brain surgery.

Rod Smith celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Giants.

Rod Smith celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Giants.

(Adam Hunger/AP)


Apple has been inactive since, and a report quoting anonymous sources clearly inside the building discredited him and leaked the information about his whining and immaturity.


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The Giants suffered yet another injury to a crucial player — this time strong safety Landon Collins. Collins left the game in the middle of the fourth quarter after chasing down Cole Beasley on a 50-yard catch and run with a left ankle sprain.


Collins walked off the field and did not return, but said it is only a mild sprain and is not expecting it to end his season.


“I guess I turned a different way and as my body went over my foot, something tweaked I guess,” he said.


Wide receiver Darius Powe, however, had his season end after breaking his right foot on his first career catch in the first half of his NFL debut. Powe said he knew his foot was broken when the play happened but kept playing through the pain.


“Until I couldn’t run no more,” Powe said.

Eli Apple has been disciplined throughout the season.

Eli Apple has been disciplined throughout the season.

(Seth Wenig/AP)


ODELL SIGHTING


Odell Beckham Jr. was back on the sidelines on Sunday, watching the Giants play while sitting on the bench.


Beckham had said he would attend the game earlier this week on Twitter after the Daily News criticized him for being mum on all the drama surrounding the team while consistently talking about himself.


“I CANNNNT waitt to be back in Met Life Sunday. It’s time to get this train back on the right track. 10….lead the way brotha. We all support you,” he tweeted.


Beckham had also been at the Giants facility all week and was seen working out and rehabbing without a boot for the first time since the injury.


INACTIVE LIST


Right tackle Justin Pugh (back) remained inactive for the fourth straight game and fifth time in the last six, with a season shutdown now possible. Linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) also was inactive for the fifth time in six games after re-injuring his last week in Oakland. Joining them on the inactive list were Apple, WR Travis Rudolph (hamstring) and healthy scratches WR Tavarres King and DT Khyri Thornton.


O-lineman Chad Wheeler dressed despite a concussion last Sunday in Oakland but Bobby Hart started at right tackle. Others who were banged up during the week but still played Sunday included RB Orleans Darkwa (illness), WR Sterling Shepard (hamstring) and DE Jason Pierre-Paul (finger).

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