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New York Giants Secondary in Trouble if Prince Amukamara is Unavailable

Prince Amukamara

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants could be missing a vital piece of their defense against Peyton Manning and the high-powered Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara missed practice again on Thursday due to the concussion he suffered in the Giants’ opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and the chances of him suiting up on Sunday are looking grim. He will have to pass several concussion tests before being cleared to return to the gridiron. Veteran Aaron Ross will likely get the nod in Amukamara’s place.

The Broncos are not the team you want to play when your secondary is less than 100 percent healthy. Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Eric Decker make up arguably the most lethal wide receiving corps in the NFL. Ross would draw the coverage assignment of Decker, creating the most important matchup of the game. Ross is not a guy the Giants want to rely on. They brought him back to add depth, not to play a primary role.

Decker was quiet in Week 1, catching only two passes. However, don’t let an off week fool you. Decker is a talented receiver who reeled in 13 touchdowns and compiled over 1,000 yards last season. With Thomas and Welker, he may be Peyton’s third option, but he is more than capable of playing like a no. 1.

Ross is going to struggle against Decker. He doesn’t have the ability to cover big-play wide receivers. He did a good job in Week 1, but the Giants will get burned if he has to play an entire game.

Corey Webster looked solid on Sunday, putting the clamps on Dez Bryant. He is going to have his hands full once again with Thomas.

Terrell Thomas played nickel corner against Dallas and turned in an impressive performance, considering it was his first game action since 2010. He gave up some catches but kept it short for the most part. The Giants need an even better performance from Thomas when he lines up opposite Welker on Sunday afternoon.

It will be tough for the G-Men if Amukamara is unable to go, but the Broncos may be missing Champ Bailey on the other side. Both injuries should provide matchup problems. Whichever quarterback is able to take advantage of these injuries better will likely be on the winning side after the game.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for RantSports.com. You can follow him on twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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