Jayron Hosley, the rookie from Virginia Tech, started each of the previous two games at cornerback. Prince Amukamara, the team's top draft choice in 2011, will make his first career start. Amukamara missed the opening game with an ankle injury.
Amukamara is not exactly treating the start like a major milestone.
"Last week, I came in on the second play, but I didn't start the first play," he said. "My mentality is always going to be the same – prepare as a starter and study as a starter. I was starting all the preseason games, so it's really not much different."
*With Hosley sidelined, the Giants could use Michael Coe, who was inactive last week with a hamstring injury. Coe is listed as questionable after being limited in practice.
"I think everybody puts pressure on themselves if they want to play," Coe said. "It's a big game, it's a divisional game and especially to jump out in the lead in our division. So I definitely want to play against a great quarterback, great receivers, so I'm going to do whatever I can and keep doing that until I make sure I'm available on Sunday."
*Coughlin was asked what will happen if neither Hosley nor Coe can play.
"We'll see how that goes," he said. "We may dress one of the people from the media."
*Still more news about defensive backs: cornerback Corey Webster is listed as probable after practicing despite the fractured hand he suffered last week. Webster has had bulky protection on the hand during the week, but hopes to have a smaller cast for the game.
"They've been trying a few different things," Webster said. "I think we'll have it by Sunday."
Webster said he made a couple of one-handed interceptions in practice this week.
"I've been practicing on catching the ball one-handed," he said. "That's what I do, so I'm expecting to have a few more balls come my way. That's a great opportunity for me. Hopefully I can make the best of those opportunities."
Webster played most of the Carolina game with a cast on his hand.
"I made a few good tackles in the game so I didn't see the tackling (as an issue)," he said. "(It's) just catching the ball. Knocking the ball down, it is what it is, to get there and knock it down is easy, but I like catching if I can. I think that will be the hardest thing."