Hosley to undergo tests on foot

August, 19, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jayron Hosley's biggest night as a pro football player ended with him in a protective walking boot on his right foot.

Hosley said he does not know how bad his foot is injured, and he is scheduled to undergo further tests on the foot Sunday.

"I couldn’t really tell you right now,” Hosley said of how or when he hurt his foot. “A little something in there. I just need to get some more tests on it.”

The injury was a sour ending to his best day as a Giant. Hosley continued his fine preseason by stepping in front of a Mark Sanchez pass for Patrick Turner and taking it 77 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown.

Hosley, who celebrated with a little high-stepping into the end zone, did not know if he hurt his foot on the interception or at another point in the game.

"I didn’t remember him getting hurt," said fellow rookie and former Virginia Tech teammate David Wilson. "I saw him running down the sideline scoring a touchdown and now you got a boot on."

The Giants hope Hosley's injury isn't serious. Hosley has gotten better with each week and is emerging as one of the top five corners on the team. He made that interception while covering Turner in the slot -- an area the Giants could use a dependable cornerback, since safety Antrel Rolle is the best option there at the moment.

If he continues to progress like he has and is healthy, Hosley could become the team's third cornerback. Michael Coe, Justin Tryon and Bruce Johnson are all in the mix, with Terrell Thomas sidelined by a knee injury.

Also, Hosley could end up as the main punt returner for the team. For the second straight game, he was the starting punt returner and had two returns Saturday night, with a 10-yard return on one of the punts. He redeemed himself after muffing a punt in the preseason opener against Jacksonville.

"After something like that, you want to bounce back and show the coaches that you can bounce back and you’re the guy," Hosley said. "It was good focus. I was looking for something to open up for me, and it turned out."

Hosley would like to be the nickel back for the Giants against slot receivers. But first, the team will have to wait to see how his foot is.

"Good thing it is preseason," Wilson said of Hosley's injury. "I hope it is not a serious injury and he will be back ready for the season."
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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