EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ- Cornerback Prince Amukamara said today his absence from the field will end when the Giants play their next game, on November 29 at Washington.
"I will be ready after the bye," Amukamara said. "That was kind of the plan all along. We were looking at the fourth week, Buccaneers, seeing if I was going to be ready then. This game came and I still wasn't ready, so it's according to the original prognosis, which was three to six weeks and this was the fifth week. If we had a game next week, I would 100 percent be playing."
Amukamara has missed the last five weeks after suffering a partially torn pectoral muscle vs. San Francisco on Oct. 11. Jayron Hosley has started in his place.
"He wasn't going to get the okay (to play yesterday vs. New England)," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Two more weeks, I think they will give him the green light. At least that's my understanding today."
"I'm 100 percent playing, according to me, in the Redskins game, unless something not so smart happens,"
Amukamara said. "But yeah, I should 100 percent be playing. If there was a game next week, I would 100 percent be playing."
*General manager Jerry Reese admitted he has been surprised Jason Pierre-Paul has made such a significant impact to the defense in his first two games since returning after the fireworks accident that kept him off the field for the season's first half.
"A little bit," Reese said, "because obviously the injury was a big injury. For him to come back and to even be out there, I think it's amazing and I'm happy for him. But the way he's come in and he's continued - I thought he played better last night than he played the week before, and I think he'll continue to get better as he goes. I think you have a better understanding of what he can do with his hand and what he can't do. Yeah, I'm a little bit surprised by that. But he's such a great athlete, if anybody could come back from something like that, it's him."
Coach Tom Coughlin certainly expects more from his two-time Pro Bowl defensive end.
"I think he's got more to go, I really do," Coughlin said. "I think that was his second game, there was a little bit of progress there and I think he would speak to that. I think there's much more that's ahead."
Pierre-Paul said he's up to the task.
"Each game, I'm getting better and better," he said. "This is only my second game, I'm ready for the next one."
*Coughlin said New England punt returner Danny Amendola fooled gunner Dwayne Harris on the 82-yard runback that was one of the key plays in the Patriots' victory yesterday. Amendola waved his arms, faking an alert to his teammates to stay away from the ball. The end result is that Harris and other Giants appeared to be looking for the ball, as well.
"I believe it did (affect Harris), but you're going to have to ask Dwayne," Coughlin said. "You can see him kind of cruise by the position, rather than make the play. I really don't understand why that bothered him. I mean, he's a punt returner himself, he knows the rules, he knows what the fair catch signal is. Whether he thought the ball was going to bounce and therefore he circled around behind, that very well may have been. I haven't really had a chance to talk one-on-one with any of them today.
"For sure, it was an intent, and it did work with that one regard. That doesn't answer the question you're going to next ask about where was everybody else, and that's what I want to know, too, and I presented that to our team today. Are we going to have a punt return every time we have a game that goes down to the final seconds? We punted four times; a week ago we punted once. We can't cover four punts? Not to have somebody up on the edge of the field side with all they've been told all week about the quickness of these two returners. Not necessarily the speed, but the quickness and the ability to change direction."
*Center Weston Richburg sprained his ankle in the second half yesterday, but Coughlin thinks he should be able to return to face Washington.
"However long it takes, hopefully he'll come back next week, he'll look pretty good after the break," Coughlin said.
*The Giants today signed tackle Emmett Cleary to their active roster from their practice squad, where he has spent the entire 2015 season. Cleary was signed to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 13. He was previously on the practice squads of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013) and Cincinnati Bengals (2014), and has also been with Indianapolis and Oakland. Cleary was waived on Sept. 5, and signed to the practice squad the following day. He played in 49 games with 29 starts at Boston College.
To make room on the roster, the Giants waived cornerback Tramain Jacobs, who was signed off the practice squad on Nov. 7, and played on special teams in the last two games. He had one tackle yesterday vs. New England.
The Giants also released cornerback Dax Swanson from the practice squad.