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New York Giants: Prince Amukamara Retuns to Practice, Ready to Play in Week 2?

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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Doug RushSenior Analyst ISeptember 11, 2012

In Week 1, the Dallas Cowboys exposed an obvious weakness of the New York Giants.

Their secondary—which was at a disadvantage from the start of the game—was exposed to the Dallas receivers and guys like Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree took advantage of that weakness by making big-time plays on national television.

Because of injuries, guys like Michael Coe and Justin Tyron had to step up and play against the Cowboys and looked downright awful.

Terrell Thomas is on the injured reserve due to re-aggravating his surgically repaired ACL from a year ago and won't be able to return.

The other is Prince Amukamara, who suffered a high ankle sprain during the preseason game against the Chicago Bears last month.

Amukamara missed the game against the Cowboys, but according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the Giants second-year cornerback is running again in practice and is preparing to get ready to play for Week 2.

The Giants will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 16 at MetLife Stadium in Week 2 and they desperately do not want to fall to 0-2 after losing their Week 1 matchup with the Cowboys.

According to Vacchiano, Amukamara was running without any limitations during the few moments of practice that were open to the media.

Coe is also recovering from a hamstring injury that took him out of the game in Week 1, so they are really thinning at the position, and if Amukamara is in fact feeling better and could play, that would be a major lift to the secondary.

The 2011 first-round draft pick was sidelines for two months with a broken foot at the start of last season and didn't make his rookie debut until November 20 against the Eagles.

Amukamara didn't suffer as severe of an injury as he did a year ago, and with the good news of him returning to practice, he could be back and playing a lot sooner for the Giants.

The question is—if Amukamara plays—how effective will he be playing for the first time against live competition against the Tampa receivers if he does play on Sunday?

Last year when Amukamara got into live action, he looked like he was a step off, but Amukamara did get to play during the preseason before getting hurt against the Bears, so he's only a few weeks behind rather than being two months behind.

Either way, having Amukamara back has to be better than Tyron out there, who on Wednesday looked like he had no business playing professional football.

Hopefully, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin will give everyone more insight and information regarding Amukamara during the week and we'll know more about whether he will be playing on Sunday for the Giants.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.

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