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Giants Secondary Takes Hit with Amukamara Out 2-4 Weeks

Corner out 2-4 weeks.

The Giants received crushing news on Thursday after they announced ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported top corner Prince Amukamara is expected to miss 2-4 weeks with a partially torn pectoral muscle.

Amukamara has been the Giants’ top corner this season. Through five games, he had amassed 26 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception. The pick came against Washington’s Kirk Cousins, and set the Giants up at the Washington 14-yard line. The Giants would score on the ensuing drive.

Amukamara also forced a fumble of Bills WR Robert Woods, recovering the ball on the play.

Based on the timetable the team provided, Amukamara is almost certainly out for the Giants’ contests at the Eagles and home against the Cowboys. It seems the earliest he could return is November 1 in New Orleans.

Giants CB Prince Amukamara will miss 2-4 weeks (Photo: AP).

Giants CB Prince Amukamara will miss 2-4 weeks (Photo: AP).

Trevin Wade is listed as Amukamara’s direct backup, but Jayron Hosley has worked as the Giants’ third corner and got the start when Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie sat against Washington with a concussion. Hosley will likely start opposite DRC as long as Amukamara is out.

The Giants’ defense could be shorthanded on Monday night against the Eagles. In addition to Amukamara, the Giants could be without fellow starters MLB Jon Beason (concussion, did not practice Thursday), SLB Devon Kennard (hamstring, did not practice) and DE Robert Ayers (hamstring, limited) are not at 100 percent.

Injuries are nothing new for Amukamara, who has played 16 games in just one season in his five-year career. He missed the last eight games of last season with a torn biceps.

The injury is poorly timed for Amukamara, who is set to hit unrestricted free agency after the season. Over the summer, it was reported that the Giants wanted to see if Amukamara could stay healthy for a full season before discussing a contract extension.

While the former Nebraska Cornhusker has always been an injury concern, he has been the Giants’ best corner when on the field, and his loss is a big one.

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