In one of the first revelation of the regular season, New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters on Saturday that cornerback Prince Amukamara (ankle) is unlikely to play in their week one matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.
"Doesn't look like he'll make it this week," Coughlin said.
The news wasn't as bad for cornerback Jayron Hosley and defensive tackle Marvin Austin, whom Coughlin said both have a chance to play on Wednesday. For Austin, they've seen a lot of progress and are targeting a week two return at the latest. For Hosley, it's all about pain tolerance and how much he can deal with – if he can put up with it, he'll likely play in week one.
"They feel like it’s starting to be in the positive, that [Austin] was stronger this morning upon his examination than he was, for example, last week," Coughlin said. "We’re just trying to see on a day-by-day basis where he’s at and if not this week than we hope for next week. That’s where we are. Nothing solid do I have."
Meanwhile, Coughlin also announced that left tackle Will Beatty, linebacker Michael Boley, and defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora would all return to practice. But while JPP and Osi are sure bets for Wednesday, team doctors still need to see progress from both Beatty and Boley before they get the green flag.
All things considered, this is good news for a Giants team that was dealing with relentless injuries throughout the preseason.
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