EAST RUTHERFORD,N.J. (AP) — New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara's sprained right ankle is getting better and he hopes to be ready for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a little more than a week.
Amukamara, the Giants' first-round draft pick last year, sprained his ankle against the Bears in the third preseason game and missed a 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener Wednesday night.
The Giants, who lost veteran cornerback Terrell Thomas in training camp, could use Amukamara back in the lineup. His injury moved Michael Coe into the starting lineup and he sustained a mild hamstring sprain against the Cowboys late in the third quarter.
"I really want to be back out there, but this type of injury, the trainers are telling me it takes time, so I'm still taking it day by day," Amukamara said Thursday. "If there was a magic pill that could make it feel better right now, I'd definitely be up to taking it. I'm just doing everything I can in the training room. When I can get out there, I'll get out there."
Amukamara said he has started hopping on his leg, something he couldn't do last week because of the pain.
"I'm not sure I can run on it or anything yet. I haven't tried that, but I've been doing a lot of rehab and work on it. So I know I'm progressing," he said.
Coe described his injury as mild and he is holding out hope that he won't miss the next game.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Coe said. "I'll see really after these next couple of days how it is, but I actually feel real good and I'm still able to move around, so that's encouraging for me. Being a DB, that's kind of like, oh, is it going to bother me? I don't really feel it too much, so we'll just see these next couple of days. I'll be getting treatment and things like that and see how it responds."
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said he was sore after playing his first full game since breaking his right foot in May.
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