New York Giants Lose 2 Key Players in a Matter of Hours

SWAMP DONKEYContributor IIAugust 6, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  Prince Amukamara, #19 overall pick by the New York Giants, holds up a jersey on stage during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara will be sidelined indefinitely after a physical examination discovered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot. The ink is not yet dry on the four-year contract the promising CB signed just days ago. The injury will require surgery and a screw will be inserted into the foot to facilitate the recovery.

The Giants already lost cornerback Bruce Johnson to a torn Achilles but he wasn’t going to figure in to the rotation. Veteran Aaron Ross—himself a once-promising CB—will have to be relied on at the position going forward. Ross ironically refused an assignment to safety when camp opened. Now he gets his chance to prove his worth at the position.

Prince wasn’t anointed the starter at cornerback, so it’s not a direct blow to the Giants starting lineup. But the impact his loss has on the Giants secondary can’t be understated. The rookie was one of the last first-rounders to sign, and that coupled with the lost time due to the lockout made his learning curve severe. If anything he’ll be able to soak in the playbook and nuances of Perry Fewell’s defense for several weeks while he’s mired on the PUP list. Of course, nothing replaces physical participation.

But the bad news Saturday night didn’t end with Amukamara’s health woes.

Newly signed tight end Ben Patrick, originally signed for depth purposes but became much more important with Kevin Boss’s departure, suddenly retired because he “decided he no longer wants to play football.” The Giants are now left without a capable tight end on the roster besides Bear Pascoe, who served admirably as the starting fullback last season. Travis Beckum, who lined up at the position occasionally, is an H-Back type who doesn’t block.

The only "name" on the market is Alge Crumpler. There’s no evidence to suggest that they’ll look to add him to the roster. Jerry Reese has his work cut out for him. There are no clear options at the position and considering Eli relied on Kevin Boss often in the red zone, upgrading the position via trade may be the prudent move.

Here’s to hoping Tom Coughlin sent everyone home for the weekend rather than risk the possible loss of limbs.