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New York Giants’ Prince Amukamara Looking to Spell Veterans on Special Teams

November 11th, 2011 at 1:09 PM
By Dan Benton

Whether or not rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara actually suits up for the New York Giants this Sunday remains to be seen, but if he does, he’s looking to do more than just play some cornerback.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara (R) of the University of Nebraska stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the 19th overall pick by the New York Giants in the 2011 NFL football Draft in New York April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

“Even if it’s not on defense, I know I can help on special teams,” Amukamara said. “Whether it’s to give guys like Corey [Webster], [Aaron] Ross or Antrel Rolle a break on some special teams.”

Amukamara  also said he fully expected to play last week when the team traveled to New England to take on the Patriots. It wasn’t until the night before the game that he and head coach Tom Coughlin sat down and talked about possibly not playing, and even then his jersey appeared in his locker before the game. However, he was ultimately listed as inactive.

He went on to add that he’s prepared all week like he expects to play, but, again, wouldn’t give any sort of definitive answer on his status for Sunday.

The rookie has now missed eight games (nine weeks) of the regular season after suffering a broken foot during training. And although he’s getting closer and closer to a return to the field, fans should temper their expectations a bit. When he does finally step foot on the field, it will be the first live game action he’s seen since December 30th of last year.

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