Giants left deal with Ereck Flowers mentioned Sunday post-game report saying Flowers had refused to play within the Giants’ season finale, resulting in his deactivation, was “false.”
“I want I used to be on the market. I needed to play however I didn’t play, and that’s the top of it,” Flowers, 23, mentioned as one of many first gamers to depart the locker room. “Yeah (it’s irritating). I imply, wouldn’t or not it’s for anyone?”
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Interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo claimed Flowers had been deactivated due to “a groin” damage “all 12 months lengthy,” however Flowers made no point out of an damage stopping him from suiting up.
The Giants launched Bobby Hart, the crew’s Week 1 beginning proper deal with, reportedly for refusing to play. ESPN reported Flowers had joined Hart in testing for Week 17. Some spin circulated that Hart had been the unhealthy affect on Flowers, which appeared like a method of rationalizing holding Flowers within the constructing.
Flowers is a former Giants first-round decide, after all, in order that’s why the crew launched Hart however not Flowers.
Undrafted rookie Chad Wheeler made his first begin at his pure left deal with place rather than Flowers and fared impressively to conclude a promising first season for a participant who solely noticed spot alternatives.
“Wherever they want me I’ll play with 100 % effort,” Wheeler mentioned after serving to the Giants run for a season-high 260 yards. “That’s the place I’m most skilled at, however I labored exhausting within the offseason so I may be capable to play wherever they want me to … (The win) was a superb constructing block. Some individuals had an opportunity to show themselves.”
Giants defensive finish Avery Moss mentioned his hip saved him inactive a second straight week, although he wasn’t listed on the Giants’ last damage report coming into the sport. Moss, 23, a fifth-round pick of Youngstown State, noticed his taking part in time progressively lower to zero with Spagnuolo’s promotion to interim head coach.
Defensive finish Romeo Okwara, 22, no less than was made energetic for the primary time since spraining his proper knee in Week 5 and happening injured reserve after Week 6. Okwara was designated for return from IR previous to Week 16 however was inactive final weekend in Arizona.
Becoming a member of Moss and the injured Evan Engram (ribs) on the inactive record have been QB Geno Smith, WR Sterling Shepard (neck), linebacker Akeem Ayers, and offensive linemen Damien Mama and Flowers.