Sus­pen­sion only adds to Gi­ants’ woes

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The New York Gi­ants sus­pended veteran Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie after the corner­back left the team’s fa­cil­i­ties be­fore prac­tice Wednesday.

Coach Ben McA­doo an­nounced the in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion after prac­tice.

The sec­ond-year coach had met with Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie on Tues­day and told him that he would not be ac­tive for this Sun­day’s game in Den­ver be­cause of some­thing the 31-year-old ei­ther said or did dur­ing Sun­day’s loss to the Charg­ers.

Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie had left the bench and gone to the locker room dur­ing the sec­ond half, but he re­turned. It is not known if the two ex­changed words dur­ing the game. There was no ap­par­ent phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion.

McA­doo told the 10-year veteran who joined the Gi­ants in 2014 that he still ex­pected him to prac­tice this week and pre­pare for the game even though he was not going to play.

Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie, who had started three games, re­ported to the Gi­ants head­quar­ters Wednesday morn­ing and then left. He was not avail­able for com­ment.

The tim­ing could not be worse for the Gi­ants. They are 0-5 after mak­ing the playoffs a year ago, and the sus­pen­sion gives the im­pres­sion that McA­doo is los­ing his team.

Fires af­fect Raiders

The Oak­land Raiders ad­justed their prac­tice sched­ule Wednesday be­cause of poor air qual­ity re­sult­ing from the wild­fires in nearby wine coun­try.

The Raiders took the prac­tice field in smoky con­di­tions with even some ash fall­ing from the sky. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency said the air was “un­healthy” in Alameda, about 40 miles from the fires. The Raiders short­ened their prac­tice by elim­i­nat­ing in­di­vid­ual drills in an ef­fort to limit the amount of time play­ers spent out­side.

Coach Jack Del Rio said ear­lier in the day that the team had peo­ple mon­i­tor­ing the air qual­ity to de­ter­mine whether it was safe to prac­tice. “We think we’re OK to work to­day in this,” he said. “We’re mon­i­tor­ing the dif­fer­ent lev­els of smoke that is here and we’re going to make sure we do the right things with our guys.”

Etc.

The Dal­las Cow­boys have re­leased corner­back Nolan Car­roll, the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant free agent let go this sea­son. The Cow­boys re- leased de­fen­sive tackle Cedric Thorn­ton be­fore the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son. Thorn­ton was Dal­las’ big­gest free agent sign­ing in 2016, and Car­roll was the big­gest this year . ... The Min­nesota Vik­ings have five starters with in­jury con­cerns going into the game against Green Bay. Quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford (knee), wide re­ceiver Ste­fon Diggs (groin), strong safety An­drew Sen­dejo (groin), left guard Nick Eas­ton (calf ) and de­fen­sive tackle Tom John­son (knee) were all held out of prac­tice on Wednesday. Coach Mike Zim­mer said be­fore prac­tice that Brad­ford was feel­ing bet­ter. The quar­ter­back had been pulled late in the sec­ond quar­ter from the game at Chicago on Mon­day . ... New York Jets run­ning back Bi­lal Pow­ell and de­fen­sive end Muham­mad Wilk­er­son sat out prac­tice with in­juries and are un­cer­tain to play against the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots. Pow­ell strained a calf dur­ing the Jets’ 17-14 win at Cleve­land last Sun­day. He started New York’s last two games in place of Matt Forte, who is deal­ing with turf toe. Forte was lim­ited in prac­tice Wednesday, which is an im­prove­ment from the last two weeks . ... Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady is telling New Eng­land fans not to worry about the left shoul­der in­jury that kept him out of prac­tice ear­lier in the week. Brady says he’ll be on the field Sun­day to play the Jets in a fight for first place in the AFC East . ... Ten­nessee Ti­tans quar­ter­back Mar­cus Mar­i­ota says he feels a lot bet­ter than a week ago. Whether he plays Mon­day night against the Indianapolis Colts re­mains to be seen and will de­pend on how much Mar­i­ota can move around. Mar­i­ota did not play Sun­day in a 16-10 loss to Mi­ami be­cause of a strained left ham­string.

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