Antrel Rolle Calls Teammates Out for Missing Practice with Injuries
Coming off an inspiring comeback win over the Cowboys in Dallas last weekend, the Giants put up an equally uninspiring stinker against the Redskins on Sunday. It was a game they had to win to remain atop the NFC East, but instead the G-Men let Washington own them from the game’s opening snap. Safety Antrel Rolle blamed the loss on a lack of toughness, starting with guys missing practice during the week.
“I’m not calling anyone out. It’s not about individuals,” Rolle said after the game according to the NY Daily News. “What I’m saying is this – and quote me on this – if you’re going to play Sunday . . . granted, some injuries you can’t practice through, I understand that. But little nicks and bruises? If you can push through it, push through it because your team needs you.
“If you’re going to go out here and play the game on Sunday, you need to be out there with your men throughout the week I’ve been nicked up all year long. A lot of other people have been nicked up all year long. We go out there and we’re fighting.”
Despite the untimely loss, the Giants are only a game out of first place. The slip-up forces them into a must-win situation for the final two games of the season. Rolle is the same player who guaranteed the Giants would make the playoffs and complained about being blamed for blown coverages. He is doing an awful lot of talking, and I highly doubt that makes life easier in the locker room. New York has to take care of business and stop whining in public. Rolle has officially emerged as the biggest problem in that area.