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Giants Camp Day 7: What's the 411?

8/6/2011

Oh boy.

Prince Amukamara, the Giants’ first-round pick, is out indefinitely after breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot during Saturday night's practice. He will need surgery.

Amukamara was appearing in just his second practice after becoming the last first-rounder to sign. He dropped a couple of passes in interception drills, but did not appear in 11-on-11s.

Tight end Ben Patrick retired, by the way.

Mario Manningham (ankle), Domenik Hixon (knee) and Clint Sintim (knee) highlighted the seven players (not counting PUPs) who sat out of Saturday night’s practice at Timex Performance Center.

Saturday night marked the Giants second fully padded practice of training camp.

Osi Umenyiora remained out of practice -- but what else is new?

Umenyiora and the Giants remain at an impasse and everything remains status quo, head coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday.

Umenyiora is still looking to get a new contract or be traded. His agent says his client’s fate rests in the Giants’ hands.

Justin Tuck says he’s thought about possibly being in Umenyiora’s position some day, but says, “We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

For now, Tuck is happy to be a Giant, and that’s what matters.

In the meantime, Mathias Kiwanuka continues to start at outside linebacker with the first-teamers.

He said Saturday that he had offers from other teams, but wanted to return to the Giants. Kiwanuka said the team informed him what his role would be before he re-signed, and has fully embraced it.

Dave Tollefson has returned to the Giants after signing a one-year contract. He also got his old No. 71 back.

Coughlin spoke at length about the No. 3 receiver spot before practice.

As of now it belongs to Hixon, but that could change with him still recovering from the torn ACL that cost him the entire 2010 season.

Third-round pick Jerrel Jernigan could be a candidate in the slot. After all, he starred in that role while at Troy. Coughlin would like to see Ramses Barden on the field, but the wideout remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a knee injury.

“Barden, get out here, for crying out loud,” Coughlin said.

Hakeem Nicks had the offensive highlight of practice, tight-roping the left sideline to haul in about a 35- to 40-yard pass from Eli Manning during 11-on-11 drills.

Victor Cruz lined up opposite Nicks, and wound up catching several passes from Manning, but did fumble during 7-on-7s.

Once again, safety Tyler Sash, the team’s sixth-round selction out of Iowa, stood out. Sash broke up a couple of passes, while landing a vicious hit on fullback Henry Hynoski that drew some oohs and ahhs from his teammates.

Rocky Bernard worked in at defensive tackle along with Chris Canty and Linval Joseph, who broke though to stop a ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage during 11s.

Bear Pascoe had an up-and-down practice, but did make a nice sliding catch in the seam.