Jenkins went to the locker room before the end of Sunday’s loss to the Chargers.
EAST RUTHERFORD — Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins provided an explanation from his early exit from the field at the end of Sunday’s 27-22 loss to the Chargers.
“I didn’t expect a timeout to be called, so I just walked in as if everybody was going on the field,” Jenkins said. “The game was over and I just went in.”
The Chargers got the ball back with 40 seconds left after a tipped Eli Manning pass was intercepted at midfield. While the rest of the Giants’ defensive starters took the field for the final kneel downs by Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, Jenkins headed to the locker room.
Jenkins’ departure stood out because coach Ben McAdoo called the Giants’ final timeout with 38 seconds remaining after Rivers’ first kneel down. While his teammates stayed on the field hoping for a fumbled snap, Jenkins was already in the locker room.
“We’ll handle all those issues in-house,” McAdoo said on Monday.
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Jenkins left the locker room before it was open to the media after the game and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was spotted chasing after the cornerback. Jenkins said McAdoo asked him about the premature departure when the team returned to practice on Tuesday.
“He came to me and asked me and I told him. We had a nice little talk and that was it,” Jenkins said. “He asked me about it again today, and that was it. It wasn’t nothing serious or nothing like that.”
Jenkins brushed off any potential disciplinary action.
“Why would there be a punishment?” Jenkins asked rhetorically.
McAdoo was asked on Wednesday if Jenkins will start Sunday’s game against the Broncos.
“He’s our starting corner — yes,” McAdoo said.
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports