The Giants will likely wait until Saturday before deciding on Prince Amukamara's status for the Patriots game.
"We don’t have the green light so to speak," Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. "If he practices on Friday and comes through on Friday, then we will evaluate again and Tom will make a decision."
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If and when Amukamara takes the field, he will give the Giants' secondary much-needed depth. As the secondary is currently constituted, safety Antrel Rolle plays nickel corner. The unit has already lost Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon to injury.
"He gives us another good cover guy," Fewell said of Amukamara, who is still waiting to make his NFL debut. "[The Patriots] have good tight ends so maybe you can put a corner on a tight end rather than a linebacker on a tight end etc. He gives us a lot of flexibility."
The first-round pick from Nebraska broke his left foot in the second day of practice in August. He has been taking part in team and individual drills since the Giants returned from their bye week last Monday.
The 22-year-old knows coaches are looking for him to improve each day in practice.
"The sense of urgency definitely is there but I definitely don’t feel pressured in any way," he said on Wednesday.