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Saturday, September 29, 2012
Amukamara ready for his first start
By Ian Begley
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --
will get his first NFL start on Sunday night in Philadelphia.
While that might seem important to some, it's not a big deal to Amukamara.
"My mentality's always going to be the same -- prepare as a starter and study as a starter," Amukamara said on Friday.
Prince Amukamara snared his first career interception last season against the Eagles.
Amukamara made his season debut for the Giants last Thursday against Carolina and played a starter's share of snaps.
started the game, but Amukamara came in on Carolina's second play. He ended up playing 43 of the Giants' 58 defensive plays after Hosley left with a hamstring injury.
So, when asked about starting, Amukamara accurately noted, "it's not really much different" from what he did last Thursday.
Fortunately for the Giants, Amukamara seems to be near full health heading into the Eagles game.
His high ankle sprain was taken off of the Giants' injury list for the first time earlier this week. But the rest of the Giants' secondary is fairly banged up.
will take the field against Philly with a cast on his right hand.
is dealing with a hamstring injury.
has a knee issue and Hosley is out.
Amukamara insists he's healthy, but admits that he's still feeling soreness in his ankle.
"There's still a little discomfort, a little pain, but it's not really affecting my game," the 2011 first-round pick said. "It gets sore but as I'm running it warms up and feels as good as new."
Amukamara will be lined up Sunday night against Philly, the team he made both his NFL debut and first interception against last season.
His agent, Todd France, recently sent Amukamara a poster of the INT. Amukamara laughed as he told reports about the poster on Friday.
"It's pretty big," he said.
The Giants can only hope that Amukamara makes another poster-worthy play on Sunday night.