Giants hoping Prince Amukamara learning from sideline

The best hope for the New York Giants at cornerback this season, and certainly into the future, rolled through the locker room on a scooter Monday.

So help to replace Terrell Thomas, who was lost for the year Monday with a torn ACL in the preseason victory over the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium, is a ways away.

Prince Amukamara, the first-round draft pick of the Giants, suffered a broken bone in his foot in his second practice. He had surgery to insert a pin and he’s sidelined, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, until Week 5. Boy, do the Giants need him to get up to speed as quickly as possible when he’s healthy.

"He's got to play on instincts when he gets back," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "He's going to play like a rookie, but he's got first-round talent. Hopefully he can jump in there pretty quickly and help us out."

Amukamara said he no longer feels any pain, so physically he’s making progress. The Giants hope he’s making big time strides mentally as he absorbs the NFL game from the sideline.

"Ever since I've been injured and watching the team play, that has definitely been in my mind," Amukamara said. "But it's something I don't want to rush. I want to be smart about it. I don't feel no pain, so as soon as it's go time I'll be ready."

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