EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A day after their season-opening loss to the Cowboys, the Giants have no idea who will start at cornerback opposite Corey Webster in Week 2 against the Buccaneers.
Prince Amukamara, the projected starter in the preseason, is still nursing a high ankle sprain and has yet to begin running again.
"Of course I really want to be out there, but I mean, (with) this type of injury the trainers are telling me that it takes time," Amukamara said Monday. "So I’m just still taking it day by day."
"If there was a magic pill that could make it feel better right now, I’d definitely be up to take it," he added. "But I’m just doing everything I can in the training room, and when I get out there, I get out there."
"I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m not sure about that guy," said coach Tom Coughlin, when asked about Amuakmara's status. "He’s trying though, he’s trying like heck."
Michael Coe, who started in Amukamara's place Wednesday night, left the game late in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. Coe sounded a little more optimistic about his status for the Giants' next game.
"It’s pretty much a minor tweak," said Coe. "I’m still able to jog, do a lot of things, so I’m not too worried about it."
"Naturally," said Coughlin, when asked if he is concerned about Coe's injury. "We’re in a position where we need all the help we can get back there."
The Giants have already lost Terrell Thomas for the season to a knee injury. Coe, a six-year veteran, was making his first-ever NFL start against the Cowboys. When Coe exited the game, he was replaced by Justin Tryon -- another six-year vet with very little starting experience, who was subsequently abused by the Cowboys on a couple of big plays (including a 34-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin).
Coughlin was asked Monday if he considered using rookie cornerback Jayron Hosley, the team's third-round draft pick, instead of Tryon.
"We were tring to concentrate on developing [Hosley] in the nickel position," Coughlin said. "He can play corner. But at that point in time -- we had been alternating the main corners throughout the course of the week in practice, so Tryon had had his share of snaps over there."
The bottom line is, the Giants suddenly look dangerously thin in the secondary. When asked if the team would consider bringing in another cornerback from outside the organization, Coughlin said, "We'll consider anything."
The only really good news on the cornerback front? The Giants' next game is still 10 days away.