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Prince Amukamara starts light jogging

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is no longer in a walking boot and rode the stationary bike and did some light jogging on the sideline during Wednesday's practice for the first time since breaking his left foot in early August.

Amukamara didn't have a timetable for his return, but did say he's "right on or slightly ahead of schedule." Given the projected 8-10 week timetable set by the team for his recovery, that could mean the first-round pick is back with the Giants either later this month or in early October.

"It felt pretty weird at first because I haven't really ran on the field," Amukamara said. "It's still a bit sore right now, but (the doctors) said that should be natural. But my right foot still feels good. I still feel like I have a little limp in it so I'm trying to take everything slow right now."

Amukamara said the plan is to continue rehabbing and receiving treatment to the point where he can advance his workouts, "but not too much," he cautioned.

He said he's running full-speed in the pool, but said the big test will be how he feels on Thursday.

"Today was a great feeling just to be out there with the team and get some mental reps and get picked on," Amukamara said.

Amukamara said he's still got some muscle-strengthening to do because his left calf is slightly smaller than his right one and his left ankle remains stiff after the boot came off.

Amukamara was in the boot on Monday. He said he's going to continue to take it "day by day" while always doing activity on his foot.

Amukamara was participating in just his second practice -- after becoming the last first-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft to sign a rookie contract -- when he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. He had to have a screw inserted into the foot, which he says has yet to be removed.

The Giants could desperately use the 19th overall pick out of Nebraska since their cornerback depth is already depleted.

Terrell Thomas, Bruce Johnson and Brian Witherspoon have all been lost due to season-ending injuries.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.