Giants Won’t Suspend Lauletta for Traffic Incident

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie quarterback will be disciplined internally by the team as he continues to get ready for future NFL snaps.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --New York Giants rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta is in no way out of the woods legally following his arrest last week for alleged traffic violations, but while he awaits his court date, one repercussion he won’t have to worry about is a suspension by the team.

Head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters Tuesday that Lauletta, the team’s fifth round draft pick this year, will be disciplined internally, but he would not provide details.

"No, not suspended, but we have internal consequences," he said. "I released a statement that I’m just disappointed in the way that went down. I’ve spoken to him numerous times since the event, and we have internal ways of handling it, but it will not include a suspension."

Shurmur, who also announced that Eli Manning would start Monday night against the 49ers despite his continued struggles, wouldn't say if Lauletta's misstep hurt his chances of potentially getting that assignment.

"I’m disappointed because I think especially with a quarterback, you’re looking at decision-making in all facets of a player’s life. He’s back to work, that will take care of itself. We’ve kind of stated what we feel about that, but he’s back to work trying to get himself ready to play."

The head coach did confirm that Lauletta was in danger of being late for work on the day of his arrest and reiterated his disappointment with Lauletta's lapse in judgement.

"The whole event is disappointing. The whole event," he said, adding that he thought quarterbacks should be early to work.

Lauletta was originally scheduled to appear in Hudson County Superior Court on November 7, but that heating was postponed at the defendant’s request. A new date has not yet been set.

The 23-year-old Lauletta is facing numerous charges from his Oct. 30 arrest including eluding police, obstruction administration of the law, reckless driving, and resisting arrest, just to name a few.

Lauletta stood before reporters following the team’s walk-though practice Tuesday and expressed remorse over his actions.

“I want to apologize to the NY Giants organization, my teammates, the fans and my family. The incident that happened last week is a terrible representation of who I am and what I stand for.

“Right is right and wrong is wrong. My parents raised me better than that. It’s tough, and I have to take it as a lesson and move forward from it.”

As for whether Lauletta set himself back on his path to earn some late-season snaps, Shurmur said he was leaving the door open on that.

"He’s working himself in a position to play, he’s done a good job out here in practice," he said.

"He’s a small school quarterback, so there was a lot to learn and there is a lot to learn about how to prepare in the NFL, and he’s going through the process of doing that."

Lauletta said he'll continue to work and be patient as he waits for his chance to play.

"I can’t afford to worry about that and let it affect how I prepare, how I play, how I come to work every day," he said.

"I’m just going to do everything I can and prove to everybody -- I’m not going to say it, I’m just going to prove it by how I come to work every day and give this thing everything that I have and be the best teammate I can be and just keep grinding, put my head down, get back to work and just try to keep moving forward one day at a time."

BLUE NOTES

Left tackle Nate Solder was excused for part of Tuesday’s practice, so he could attend a doctor's appointment with his son, who has been battling cancer,

Right tackle Chad Wheeler, who suffered an ankle sprain in the loss against Washington a couple weeks ago that put him in a walking boot on the days after, was on the practice field Tuesday, though it’s not know how much he was able to do.

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