Despite overwhelming evidence detailing his alleged history of domestic violence, Josh Brown’s future with the Giants continues to hang in the balance.
The Big Blue front office, fresh off a 17-10 victory over the Rams in London, spent Monday discussing its plan for Brown, according to coach Ben McAdoo. Brown was placed on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list on Friday after police documents revealed Brown allegedly admitting to abusing his ex-wife Molly in a journal she turned over to authorities.
Brown did not travel with the team to England for Sunday’s win. Robbie Gould, who the Giants signed on Friday, kicked in his place.
“The front office is in discussions today. I haven’t been a part of them,” McAdoo said on a conference call Monday. “Either later tonight or tomorrow morning, I’ll be a part of those discussions.”
The rules of the exempt list state players are barred indefinitely from playing in games or participating in practices. However, those on the list are allowed to “be present at the club’s facility for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities” at the team’s digression.
McAdoo said Brown has not been with the Giants since they returned from London.
The Giants began their bye week on Monday. They don’t play again until Nov. 6 at home against the Eagles.
When asked if he’d like a decision on Brown before the team resumes practicing after the bye week, McAdoo deflected.
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“Again, I’ll take part in those discussions either later tonight or tomorrow morning early,” McAdoo said. “I’ll jump right in with both feet and we’ll see how it goes.”
The NFL re-opened its investigation into Brown on Thursday after Washington police released a series of new documents pertaining to the kicker’s May 2015 domestic violence arrest.
The league initially suspended Brown for one game, which he served in the Giants’ season-opening win over the Cowboys. It claimed there was insufficient evidence to levy a harsher penalty because of a lack of cooperation from both Molly Brown and local law enforcement.
The new information released last week led to the NFL’s decision to re-open the investigation and place Brown on the exempt list.
“The released materials appear to contain information regarding other incidents of abuse separate from the May 22, 2015 incident for which you were disciplined under the Personal Conduct Policy,” the NFL wrote to Brown in a latter obtained by the Daily News. “As a result, further investigation by the league into those separate incidents is needed.”
Odell Beckham Jr. was undergoing treatment Monday on his hip pointer injury and remains “pretty sore,” according to McAdoo.
The Giants coach hopes the bye week will help speed up the return of the rest of his injured players. He said there’s a chance safeties Nat Berhe (concussion) and Darian Thompson (foot), who have both missed multiple games, could resume practicing next week. Tackle Marshall Newhouse has also missed considerable time with a calf injury.
“I’m looking forward to getting everybody back,” McAdoo said. “I’d love to hit the practice field and have the full team practicing. I think that’s certainly a possibility.”
TIME TO EVALUATE
The Giants rode a standout defensive performance, including four interceptions and three sacks, to a win overseas. But that masked a concerning trend for Big Blue: the play of the offense, which was expected to be a major strength entering this season.
The Giants have been held to one or fewer offensive touchdowns in four of their seven games. In particular, the running game is stagnant. McAdoo’s unit ranks 29th in the league in yards per carry at 3.3.
Granted, they’ve endured injuries at running back between Shane Vereen (placed on IR because of a triceps) and Rashad Jennings (missed three games with a thumb). But McAdoo said Monday he will nonetheless evaluate the offense as a whole during the bye week.
“We’re going to look at everything,” McAdoo said. “We’re going to look at personnel. We’re going to look at scheme. We’re going to look at a bunch of different things… to see if we can get it jump-started here over the by week.”
McAdoo said Jennings will remain the Giants’ starting running back. He also indicated the team could switch up who call the plays for the offense. Currently, McAdoo calls the plays. But “everything’s on the table,” the coach said.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News