Friday, December 21, 2012
Amukamara ready to go
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With Torrey Smith potentially suiting up for the Ravens on Sunday, Prince Amukamara had to make sure in practice this week his hamstring could handle streaking down the field with one of the fastest receivers in the NFL.
"I have no problem with that," Amukamara said. "We obviously repped that at practice and I felt well."
Amukamara is probable for Sunday's game after a full week of practice that concluded with a full session Friday. The second-year corner missed last week's 34-0 loss to Atlanta because of the injury, but is "very optimistic" that he will be able to play against Baltimore.
"It's still a little sore," Amukamara said of his hamstring. "I've been running good. Better and better as the week went on."
Amukamara injured his hamstring on Dec. 9 against New Orleans. As he practiced this week, he said that he hasn't felt the hamstring pull. He said he did more running on Friday than he had all week, and he had a lot of burst in his steps. While hamstrings can be tricky injuries, Amukamara is in line to miss only one game.
"I was always going with the flow," Amukamara said of getting back in two weeks. "Whatever the trainers had on the timeline for me I was doing it and they were just going based on what I feel. As I was feeling better, the more I got to do."
Without Amukamara last week, the Giants' secondary was ripped to shreds by Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. Atlanta was particularly able to have success throwing against Amukamara's replacement, rookie Jayron Hosley. While not having Amukamara wasn't the main reason the Giants lost, they didn't look as stout defensively as they do when they have him. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin praised Amukamara for his play this season.
"Naturally, you take a starter out of the game and you’re going to notice he’s not in the game. He’s done a good job, he played the deep ball well the week that he was injured and that’s definitely a factor," Coughlin said. "Our cohesiveness is interrupted. We like the young kid, Hosley, but anytime you take a starter out of the game it’s going to be a factor."
Unfortunately for Amukamara, injuries have been a problem during his first two years in the league. He missed nine games last year with a broken left foot, and then missed the first two games of the season this year with a high-ankle sprain. He said having to be sidelined during last week's game and watch the secondary struggle was tough.
"Especially just feeling that same feeling last year when I was out for like 10 weeks," Amukamara said. "So I definitely don't want to have that feeling again."