- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster's chances of playing Sunday didn't look good when he showed up on Friday's injury report as doubtful with a hip injury. On Saturday, the Giants made it official, downgrading Wesbster to "Out" for Sunday's game against the Panthers and announcing that he would not make the trip to Carolina.
In Webster's absence, the Giants are likely to lean on backup cornerback Aaron Ross, who didn't get a single defensive snap in Week 2 against the Broncos. They could also use Terrell Thomas to help on the outside, but Thomas has performed well so far as the nickel corner and their preference likely is to leave him there as much as possible.
Carolina's top receiving weapons include wide receiver Steve Smith and tight end Greg Olsen. Prince Amukamara, the lone healthy starter at cornerback, is likely to see a lot of time one-on-one with Smith.