After missing five games with a hamstring injury, New York Giants cornerback Jayron Hosley returned in Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys, but saw precious few defensive snaps. And although the aforementioned injury has improved each and every week, the toll it's taken has been significant.
"It was tough," Hosley said prior to Week 12. "You prepare every week to be ready to play. When you go down with a hamstring, it could be prevented sometimes. It happened. You got to roll with the punches. Keep fighting."
The "very anxious" and excited Hosley did defend a pass in a 24-21 loss to the Cowboys last Sunday, but he still didn't see as much action as he would have liked. And whether or not he'll see his playing time ramp up in Week 13 remains to be seen.
While speaking to the media earlier this week, head coach Tom Coughlin expressed concern with Hosley and his endurance after missing so much time this season.
"He’s practiced some," Coughlin said. "He’s had some issues, as you know, and trying to extend him to the point where he feels like there’s enough endurance there that he doesn’t have an issue; that’s where we are."
With Trumaine McBride dealing with a groin injury and Corey Webster still recovering from an ankle injury, now would certainly be the time for Hosley to step up. However, when asked who would start in place of McBride if he was unable to go against the Washington Redskins, Coughlin was non-committal.
Endurance issue or not, Hosley is ready if called upon.
"Whenever I get my chance I'm going to be ready. That's part of the game," Hosley said. "Being ready when a man goes down. Next guy has to step up."
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