As the 2-9 Giants try to win enough of their remaining games to save Ben McAdoo’s job, they may not have one of their key defensive players.
If Jenkins, who has a little extra time to heal before the Giants travel to Oakland next weekend, can’t play, that could make a return of Eli Apple even more important. Inactive last Sunday after missing a couple of days of practice due to his mother having brain surgery, Apple also was inactive for Thursday’s game, ostensibly due to the short work week before facing Washington.
Apple came under scrutiny for not attempting to make tackles in losses to the Rams and 49ers. It’s not clear whether that lack of effort was a factor in the decision to keep Apple off the field on Thursday night. If Apple doesn’t play against the Raiders, it will be time to wonder whether McAdoo is making an example out of the guy who gave the most glaring evidence of Giants players not trying as hard as they should.