New York Giants fans cover your eyes; another injury has struck the secondary unit.
This time, it’s second-year corner and potential replacement for the already-injured Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara.
Amukamara went down on a routine tackle of Brandon Marshall in the first quarter of play in their preseason game with the Chicago Bears. The 2011 first-rounder was unable to put any pressure on his right leg with what appeared to be a lower leg injury.
He was carted off the field and taken in for x-rays to see just how critical the damage was, but it did not look good while he was down on the field. The Record’s Art Stapleton tweeted that X-rays came back negative, but his return is questionable.
Amukamara missed all of training camp, preseason and the first half of the 2011 regular season with a broken foot. With no help from the lockout, the rookie was severely behind where he should have been when he finally joined the team in November and struggled substantially in coverage for the Giants. He recorded 14 tackles and one interception, which came in his first NFL series off Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Vince Young.
Amukamara has had a lot of focus placed on him this year, with a need for him to step up within the defense as well as the “tubgate” scandal that has forced the Giants and the NFL to reevaluate locker room culture. He planned to put all of the unwanted attention behind him, but a setback such as this will only cause the young cornerback some more turmoil in his young career.
Amukamara joins an assortment of injured Giants that includes the aforementioned Thomas, weakside linebacker Michael Boley and defensive tackle Chris Canty. As of now, the severity of Amukamara’s injuries is unknown, but we’ll be sure to keep you posted with all of the details as they become available!
UPDATE: Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain. Tom Coughlin confirmed that it was not the Marshall tackle, but on the Devin Hester reverse that he got injured.