Prince: I'm a game-time decision

November, 18, 2011
11/18/11
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Most of rookie Prince Amukamara’s belongings were strewn onto the locker room floor Friday afternoon, probably the result of some rookie hazing.

“I think someone was looking for something and it got out of hand,” Amukamara said while looking in Corey Webster's direction. "I'm not one to retaliate."

The hazing is an expected part of life as an NFL rookie.

The unexpected? Amukamara is still waiting to make his pro debut.

The first-round pick has been practicing with the Giants for three weeks but still hasn’t sniffed the field on Sundays.

He believes he is a “game-time” decision for this week's showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles and is officially listed as questionable.

“I think I had a good preparation this week so I’ll just wait until Sunday night,” Amukamara said.

Tom Coughlin has been hesitant to play Amukamara in previous weeks because of an apparent limp in practice, a holdover effect from the broken foot he suffered in August.

“He seems to have run around a little better this week compared to other weeks. We will see,” the coach said on Friday.

Amukamara thought he was going to play last week - - and the week before that - - so he shied away from making any predictions on Friday. But the former Nebraska standout was optimistic.

“I think it’s a lot better than last week,” Amukamara added. “It’s pretty promising this week.”

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.

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. Amukamara's presence would bolster a secondary that’s lost Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon to injury.

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