EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers aren't the only team having issues in the secondary for this weekend's game with the New York Giants.
Tom Coughlin's squad has a problem, too.
Starting cornerback Corey Webster missed his second straight practice on Friday with a hip flexor. His status for the game between the two winless teams Sunday is doubtful.
Coughlin indicated veteran Aaron Ross will get the call over second-year cornerback Jayron Hosley if Webster can't go.
"I go in preparing like I'm a starter," Ross said. "You never know what's going to happen. I prepare like I'm a starter every week, no matter if I play or not."
Ross, who played in Jacksonville last season, has not started a game for the Giants since the Super Bowl in February 2012, and did not play a down on defense in the Giants' 41-23 loss to the Broncos last Sunday. The former first-round pick played on special teams but watched as coordinator Perry Fewell used Terrell Thomas in the slot and played linebacker Jacquain Williams in run-pass coverage.
Ross insisted he understood.
"Of course, I'm a competitor and I want to play. When they need me, I'm ready," said Ross, who re-signed with the Giants after being released by the Jaguars.
Webster has been a constant. He has started 34 consecutive regular-season games, the third-longest streak on the Giants after quarterback Eli Manning (137) and safety Antrel Rolle (50).
The secondary faces a tough assignment this weekend with quarterback Cam Newton running the Panthers' offense. He is a threat to run on any down, but the defensive backs know they can't be caught watching him or else they will give up big plays down the field.
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