The New York Giants were without their second-year cornerback Prince Amukamara again against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Amukamara has missed both games this season with a high ankle sprain he suffered in the preseason. So far, after the two games this season, the Giants defense ranks 22nd in yards allowed through the air highlighting their lack of depth at the cornerback position.
Head coach Tom Coughlin told the media he is hoping Prince will recover enough to suit up this Thursday, and Prince's teammates and fans are hoping his return will improve the defense's struggle against the pass. Thus far this season the Giants secondary allowed Kevin Oggletree of the Cowboys to look like an all-star and they let the Buccaneers' large framed receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams box them out and out-jump them.
Prince Amukamara has been practicing with the team but so far hasn't shown that he is healthy enough to see action in a game. Coughlin is hoping to see improvement in Prince's ankle this week as he told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York.
"We'll see," Coughlin said. "He did work last week, as everybody knows, and he did have one really good day … (and) a couple of days where we had some issues, so we'll see how he is having been able to rest here.
"Hopefully he'll be a little bit stronger," Coughlin added. "Maybe perhaps play with a minimal amount of pain. We'll just have to see."
It appeared that Prince was going to be able to play against the Bucs, but Coughlin decided to give him another week to recover and instead third round pick Jayron Hosley was given the start across from Corey Webster. Coughlin was impressed by what he saw from the youngster on Sunday.
"He battled," Coughlin said. "He's a competitive, scrappy guy and flew around pretty good. I think he got a bunch of that stuff from the field [turf] in his eye and had to come out for a little bit, but he competes."
Coughlin also told the media the reason Justin Tryon was in the game over Michael Coe was because Coe was still dealing with hamstring issues, the same injury that resulted in him leaving early in the game against the Cowboys. Several other players including David Diehl and Domenik Hixon were injured during the game as well, and the Giants will look to get healthier on a short week before they play Thursday night.
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