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Seeing his fellow rookies succeed while he sits on the sideline is starting to get to Prince Amukamara.
“That kind of makes my blood boil a little bit because I know I can make an impact on this team,” Amukamara said.
Amukamara broke a bone in his left foot in his second practice with the Giants; the only impact he's made has been as a cheerleader and a constant target for rookie hazing.
But he expects to take a step in the right direction when the Giants return from the bye week on Monday.
Amukamara hopes to participate in individuals drills and, if all goes well, he will take part in team drills as well.
"That's the plan," he said.
When Amukamara actually gets in a game remains uncertain.
The Giants originally thought he would return in late September but the injury hasn't healed as expected.
The extended absence has been tough on the rookie.
“Watching the team go out and battle, I feel like I’m missing out a lot. But I just have to keep patient,” Amukamara said.
The former Nebraska standout has been making steady progress each week. He still feels pain in his foot, but trainers have told him that it's nothing out of the ordinary.
“He’s coming a long,” Tom Coughlin said. “I’m sure that if he stays on schedule; he’ll start to do some things once we resume.”
Amukamara knows that his original goal -- winning NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year -- is a long shot now, but he’s still optimistic that he can make an impact this year.
“I know the odds are against me, but that’s still my goal,” he said.
In other injury news, receiver Ramses Barden (leg) says he is mentally and physically ready to return to practice on Monday but is unsure if he will actually do so. Backup lineman Adam Koets is 80% sure he can start practicing Monday as well.
Both Barden and Koets were placed on the Giants PUP list. If and when they practice, the Giants have a three-week window to decide whether to activate them or put them on injured reserve.