New York Giants: How Quickly Can Prince Amukamara Recover from Ankle Sprain?

Doug RushSenior Analyst IAugust 27, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 24:   Prince Amukamara #20 of the New York Giants is carted off the field in the first half against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game on August 24, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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On Friday night, the New York Giants secondary took another major blow with an injury to Prince Amukamara.

While trying to tackle Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears, Amukamara suffered a high ankle sprain and had to be carted off the field at MetLife Stadium.

When the injury originally happened, a lot of people assumed that Amukamara would be recovering from the injury for at least a month.

Amukamara is staying positive, though, to recover from the injury and get back on the field for the Giants in 2012, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York.

"It's a mild high ankle sprain," Amukamara said. "They didn't tell me an expected time of recovery, but how I feel right now, it's a huge improvement from how I felt yesterday and after the game."

Amukamara was seen with a walking boot on Sunday and will likely be out for Wednesday night's game for the Giants against the New England Patriots, the team's final preseason game of the summer before the regular season kicks off on September 5.

Last year when Amukamara was a first-round draft pick, he broke his foot when training camp began and did not play for the Giants until November 20 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

And a few weeks ago, Amukamara was the center of a controversial video that saw Jason Pierre-Paul throw Amukamara into an ice tub as part of a prank.

Unfortunately, Amukamara will be spending a lot more time in the tub icing down his ankle and hoping it heals quicker than usual so he can get back onto the field.

The second-year cornerback is keeping a positive attitude with this latest injury and is focusing in on the "mild" part of the ankle sprain, according to Darrin Gantt of NBC's Pro Football Talk.

“Mine is mild,” Amukamara said of his ankle. “I don’t think it’s as serious as others’ [high ankle sprains] in the past, so, again, just day-by-day. “I feel pretty confident that I do recover quick from ankle sprains.”

The Giants secondary is already down, with Terrell Thomas recovering from a knee injury and Jayron Hosley also aggravated by injuries. This means Michael Coe will likely get to see starting time in the game against New England and potentially against the Dallas Cowboys, as well.

For the Giants' sake, they have to hope that this is, in fact, a mild injury and Amukamara bounces back rather quickly in order to give their secondary a boost and not leave it short-handed like the unit did last season.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.