EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara doesn't think the groin injury he suffered in Saturday's preseason game will be a major problem. And while players and teams often say that even when it's not true, there are reasons to think Amukamara and the Giants dodged a bullet with this one.
Amukamara was at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Monday morning for tests on his groin. But those tests did not include an MRI, which is almost standard procedure for any potentially serious injury. The fact that the doctors didn't deem an MRI necessary was one of many factors behind Amukamara's optimism.
"It feels better than it did yesterday," Amukamara said. "Yesterday I would have given it a 6 or a 7 on a scale of 1-10. Today it's more like a 3 or a 4. I'm hoping to play as soon as possible."
Amukamara said he didn't know whether he'd practice Monday (the Giants practice from 3:30 to 5:30 pm ET), but the mere fact that he didn't know for sure that he wouldn't is another positive sign. He said he was able to jog and plant his foot to make cuts. While he's never had a groin injury before, he said he's had hamstring injuries where he's felt a pull and others where he felt a pop, and the latter is more serious. He felt no pop Saturday and therefore believes the pull is minor.
"I definitely think it's not one of those uh-oh moments," Amukamara said. "I definitely think I'll be returning very soon."