Prince not likely to play

Prince Amukamara traveled with the Giants on Saturday, just as he did last week.

But, just like last week, Amukamara is unlikely to see the field on Sunday.

Tom Coughlin expressed concern earlier this week over whether Amukamara could play 45-50 snaps in a game.

Prince Amukamara

Prince Amukamara

#20 CB
New York Giants

2011 STATS

  • Tot -
  • Solo -
  • Ast -
  • FF -
  • Sack -
  • Int -

On Friday, Amukamara insisted that he's ready to handle that load.

"My confidence is telling me that I am for sure," the rookie corner said.

The problem is, coaches have noticed Amukamara working with a limp during practice, a result of the broken foot he suffered in August.

"I’ll get in a play and [coaches will] say, 'Prince, I saw you limping,' " Amukamara said.

He doesn't feel like he's limping but knows that, as a rookie, he can't say anything to change the coaches' minds.

"He’s the one who has the ultimate decision," Amukamara says of Coughlin.

After practicing with the team for three weeks, Amukamara says he is comfortable with the defense. But he hasn't lined up against a wide receiver in a live game since last January in his final game at Nebraska.

So it's only natural for Amukamara, who is listed as questionable for Sunday, to be a bit rusty.

"I think I’m catching on pretty quickly," he said, "just getting used to breaking on balls and just reading the quarterback and stuff like that."

It's unlikely that he will get to do any of that on Sunday. San Francisco is primarily a running team, so there may not be much use for Amukamara. Plus, reserve DB Michael Coe played well last week in New England.

So all indications are Amukamara's pro debut will have to wait another week.

Before he went down with the preseason foot injury, Amukamara was expected to make an immediate impact for the Giants.

If and when he makes his debut, he should replace safety Antrel Rolle as the nickel corner. The former Nebraska star's presence would bolster a secondary that’s lost Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon to injury.

For more on the Giants' injuries heading into Sunday, click http://espn.go.com/new-york/nfl/story/_/id/7223702/new-york-giants-hakeem-nicks-mario-manningham-game-time-decisions.