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Upon Further Review: Injuries to Cornerback Corps

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –** Playing cornerback for the Giants has been hazardous duty in 2014.

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Last night, Prince Amukamara, who was playing better than he had at any time in his four-year career, suffered a season-ending torn biceps in a 40-24 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in MetLife Stadium. He joins nickel corners Walter Thurmond (pectoral) and Trumaine McBride (thumb) as players from that position group who have suffered season-ending injuries.

"The unfortunate thing that occurred last night was a young man that was playing very good football, Prince Amukamara, was injured and we won't have him going forward," coach Tom Coughlin said today on a conference call. "I feel very badly for Prince Amukamara, particularly the quality of the year he was having, then to have this happen. He will recover, do well, and come back, and we move on."

Seven-year veteran and first-year Giant Zack Bowman, who played most of the game last night, is expected to join Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as a starting corner when the Giants play in Seattle on Sunday. Jayron Hosley, who has played in the slot, will perhaps get a larger role. The Giants last week signed cornerback Mike Harris, who was inactive last night.

The coaches must align the players and devise schemes to neutralize opposing passing attacks without Amukamara.

"We certainly have to analyze and evaluate that going forward here," Coughlin said. "We did bring in a young man (Harris), thinking we needed extra reinforcements last week. We'll probably have to do the same thing again, and we will certainly have to spend a lot of time bringing these new people to a point where they understand the basic concepts from which we coach and then the adjustments that you make going forward into a game. You will have to do a great job teaching a game plan. But as far as restrictions go, I am sure we are going to have to be very selective. Perhaps we will have to taper a little bit with the broadness of the plan. We will go ahead and work with that this afternoon and this evening and, first of all, square up with what personnel are going to be playing where and what we think they can handle."

Coughlin did not have a definitive update on rookie guard Weston Richburg, who was carted off the field in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

"Richburg is having all the tests today," Coughlin said. "He was the one that required much more to be evaluated. I think that process is still going on."

  • Wide receiver Preston Parker "rolled his ankle over," Coughlin said. "Hopefully, we can get that one under control."
  • Coughlin said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was affected by a shoulder injury.

"There was one occasion when he came off the field and regrouped," Coughlin said. "He had an incident with that shoulder and he came off and regrouped and then was very anxious to get back in."

Defensive end Robert Ayers had three solo tackles, including the Giants' only sack, a nine-yard takedown of Andrew Luck, and a team-high seven of the Giants' 11 quarterback hits.

"He played very well and I was very pleased with his effort," Coughlin said.

  • Coughlin was asked what the plan is this week for guard Geoff Schwartz, who is still on injured return/designated for return because of the dislocated toe he suffered in August.

"Try to practice him more," Coughlin said. "Try to get him on the field practicing more. Lengthen out his workload."

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