New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin made official Tuesday afternoon what was already obvious -- cornerback Prince Amukamara will join the long list of Giants players who are out for the season. Amukamara will have surgery on the torc biceps he suffered Monday night against the Indianapolis Colts.
"A young man who was playing very good football, Prince Amukamara, was injured, and we won't have him going forward," Coughlin said on a conference call with reporters. "I feel very badly for Prince, particularly the quality of year he was having."
The Giants signed cornerback Mike Harris, who spent two seasons with Jacksonville, off the Detroit Lions practice squad last week. Coughlin indicated Tuesday that the Giants would have to once again look to sign an additional cornerback. Before you ask, Charles James, cut by the Giants in the first round of cuts during the preseason, is on the practice squad of the Houston Texans.
The Giants starting corners appear to Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Zack Bowman, with Jayron Hosley in the slot. The Giants also have Harris and rookie Chandler Fenner.
Amukamara joins Walter Thurmond, Trumaine McBride and sixth-round pick Bennett Jackson as cornerbacks who are on season-ending IR. The position has gone from one of strength for the Giants to one where they are grasping at straws attempting to figure out how to cover opposing receivers.
"I'm sure we're going to have to be very selective, perhaps we'll have to taper a little bit with the broadness of a plan, but we'll go ahead and work with that this afternoon and this evening, and, first of all, square up which personnel will be playing where, and what we think they can handle," Coughlin said.
Amukamara corresponded this afternoon with Dan Graziano of ESPN via text, telling Graziano he would "most likely" have surgery. Here is one of the series of tweets Graziano issused after hearing from Amukamara:
Amukamara (1): "Frustrated/disappointed because of how we the team are doing this year and to get hurt on top of that makes it worse."(cont)— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) November 4, 2014
Amukamara finishes the season with a career-high three interceptions and five passes defensed. His passer rating against of 58.2 is sixth-best in the league among corners who have played at least 75 percent of their team's defensive snaps.