Cooper Taylor among four Giants injured vs. Colts

Posted Aug 17, 2014

Safety Cooper Taylor sustained an injury to the sesamoid bone in his foot Saturday night against the Colts

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Safety Cooper Taylor suffered the most serious injury among the four Giants players who were hurt last night in the team’s 27-26 preseason victory in Indianapolis.

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The second-year safety sustained an injury to the sesamoid bone in his foot.

“Cooper is significant and he has an injury that will require quite a bit of time,” coach Tom Coughlin said today.

Asked if Taylor might be a candidate for injured reserve, Coughlin said, “I am not prepared to answer that one. That has not been discussed yet.”


Also hurt in the game were starting cornerback Prince Amukamara (groin), defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (elbow) and offensive tackle Charles Brown (shoulder).

Taylor had shown considerable improvement this summer as a backup safety and special teams performer. He and newcomer Quintin Demps were the second-team safeties behind Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown.

As a rookie in 2013, Taylor played almost exclusively on special teams in the 10 games in which he appeared. He had four special teams tackles and a touchdown he scored after recovering a blocked punt and returning it 21 yards for a touchdown vs. Oakland on Nov. 10. Taylor was placed on injured reserve on Christmas Day with a hamstring injury.

Taylor’s absence likely creates an opportunity for rookie Nat Berhe, the fifth-round draft choice from San Diego State.


Amukamara strained his groin early in the game and did not return to the field.

“It is a groin and whenever you have something like that with a position that, of course, Prince Amukamara plays, you are concerned,” Coughlin said. “We will see, I don’t know that it is day-to-day, but he is sore.”

Amukamara started every game at right cornerback last season. Walter Thurmond III, who is the nickel cornerback, is listed as Amukamara’s backup on the team’s depth chart. Trumaine McBride, who played for the first time this summer against the Colts, is another candidate to step up if Amukamara is sidelined for any length of time.


The Giants next play Friday against the Jets, and Coughlin was asked about replacing Amukamara should he be unable to play.

“We’ll have some flexibility there,” Coughlin said. “I am sure we will deal with all of that and even deeper than that. There will be a bunch of guys. We will adjust that. I am not going to tell you exactly how we would play it in a game, but we will make some adjustments there.”

Kuhn hyperextended his elbow, but Coughlin indicated the injury is not serious.

“Hopefully, he can deal with that,” Coughlin said.

Brown started the first two preseason games when Will Beatty didn’t suit up to protect his surgically-repaired leg. He played in a backup role last night.

“I’m not sure exactly how much time Charles Brown will miss, but there may be some time in there,” Coughlin said. “I know the normal deal here is to put them in a brace or fit them for a brace as soon as he is capable with playing without the soreness, so we will see.”