EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants starting cornerback Eli Apple isn’t practicing these days. He’s spending his afternoons riding a stationary bike and working on an underwater treadmill as he rehabs a sprained left ankle suffered Saturday night against the New York Jets.
It’s nothing that Apple seems overly concerned will keep him out of the season opener in 12 days. The Giants open against the division rival Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 10.
"I mean, I don’t think so," Apple said Tuesday about whether he might miss the season opener. “But we’ll see. Just got to take it day by day.”
That’s how the Giants seem to be approaching all their injuries, including an ankle injury to star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. But he hasn’t been seen at all at practice since suffering his injury last Monday.
“He’s in [the Giants' team facility], doing his treatment, doing his workouts, doing everything he can do to be ready to go,” coach Ben McAdoo said.
While Beckham was nowhere to be seen Tuesday, Apple was riding the stationary bike on the sideline. He watched from the sideline during parts of Monday’s workout.
Apple, last year's first-round pick, was hurt Saturday night while defending a deep pass to Robbie Anderson down the left sideline with slightly less than five minutes left in the second quarter. He remained in the game for remainder of the half.
"It was actually on the deep ball," he said. "So, there was an underthrown ball and I had to adjust to it, and once I stopped, my foot kind of got stuck in the turf and bended a little bit weirdly inside. So, it’s just a little sprain.”
It’s the second ankle injury Apple had this summer. His right ankle was giving him some trouble previously. That forced him to miss some practice time and the second preseason game against the Cleveland Browns.
Giants full injury report:
Did not practice -- Apple (ankle), Beckham (ankle), DT Jay Bromley (knee), LB Mark Herzlich (stinger), CB Michael Hunter (concussion), S Duke Ihenacho (knee), WR Tavarres King (ankle), LB Keenan Robinson (concussion)
King and Hunter did some work with trainers on the side. Apple was on the bike. The other five Giants were not seen outside at practice.