More injury news coming out of Giants camp today. Starting cornerback Prince Amukamara, who has not been able to practice this week, says he is uncertain of his status for Sunday's road matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. The Giants lost Amukamara to a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of Big Blue's blow out win over the New Orleans Saints. He was replaced on the outside by rookie Jayron Hosley.
Amukamara has been a pleasant surprise for the Giants this season. Despite struggling through his rookie campaign and the preseason, Prince has come on to be the Giants most reliable cornerback this season. With Corey Webster showing signs of decline, Amukamara has been reliable in pass coverage and incredibly effective against the run. His presence would be sorely missed against the likes of Roddy White and Julio Jones this weekend in Atlanta.
The second year player out of Nebraska spoke to the media about his hamstring injury this afternoon.
"They didn’t tell me if it was a bad one," Amukamara said. "They said my strength and my motion is still good. It’s just that little bite in there when you try to open up. So as soon as that goes away, I think I’ll be great."
The Giants will likely keep Hosley as Amukamara's replacement. Although Hosley has had his mishaps this season, he is not a bad matchup on Julio Jones. Both players have speed, but lack physicality. As long as Hosley can run with Jones down the field and can avoid getting beat deep, he should be an adequate replacement for Amukamara for a week.
However, the Giants are likely to start two rookies in Will Hill and Jayron Hosley in the secondary this weekend. Furthermore, Stevie Brown is in his first season of playing as a starter. There will be inexperienced, yet talented players on the field for the Giants this weekend. Head coach Tom Coughlin said earlier today that all hands must be on deck for the Falcons on Sunday.
"The guys that are available have got to play," coach Tom Coughlin said. "They’ve got to go. They’re the ones that are going to have to meet the challenge against a very good secondary, outstanding tight end, running backs that can catch the football. But the guys that are healthy and ready to play, they’ll have their responsibility."
The Giants will announce the week's final injury report sometime tomorrow afternoon. It's imperative that anybody that has the ability to contribute is on the field. If Big Blue loses on Sunday, they could find themselves in third-place in the NFC East on Monday morning and without control of their own destiny within the division. That's a scary proposition for a team that has shown championship-caliber potential this season.
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