With Michael Coe now dealing with what he calls a "minor" hamstring injury, the once deep cornerback position for the New York Giants is currently a shallow pool with floundering remains. But help may be on the way. Although he's not begun running yet, Prince Amukamara says he's been able to "hop" on his injured ankle and remains hopeful for a week two return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"It feels a lot better," Amukamara said. "I've been hopping on it a little bit. You know, when you have an injury, you try to hop on it just to do stuff to see if you can do stuff. You can [do more] today than you could the other day. That's how I know I'm progressing."
But is he progressing fast enough? Head coach Tom Coughlin indicated on Thursday that he's not nearly as optimistic about the early return as Prince is, and that the young cornerback may still be a ways away.
Still, Amukamara feels the urgency. The Giants are dangerously thin at cornerback, and he knows they need him out there playing like the first-rounder that he is. Then again, he also knows he can't rush it and set himself -and his team- back any further.
“Of course the natural feeling is to feel that sense of urgency, that sense of pressure. But I know that I’m just worried about the things that I can control," Amukamara said. “If there was a magic pill to take to be healed, I would."
In the event that both Coe and Amukamara are unable to play next Sunday, Justin Tryon would get the start opposite of Corey Webster, with Jayron Hosley playing nickel.
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