Ross did not play on a single defensive snap in the Giants' loss to the Denver Broncos last week. Terrell Thomas served as the Giants' third cornerback, and even when Thomas had the wind knocked out of him and left the game briefly, it was Jayron Hosley who replaced Thomas, not Ross.
In Week 1 against the Cowboys, Ross was on the field for 35 of the Giants' 77 defensive snaps. But starter Prince Amukamara went down with a concussion during that game.
When asked about the Broncos game Thursday, Ross said he has no idea why he didn't play, and that the coaches didn't say anything to him about it.
"I don’t know really what my role is, but I’m prepared for any time they call me," Ross said. "Just like [when] Prince went down in that Dallas game, they called my number, and I was ready and prepared to go in and help the team try to make plays. If my number’s not called, I’ll be in the supporting cast. And if it’s called I’ll be ready to go out there and ball."
Amukamara returned for the Broncos game, but fellow starting cornerback Corey Webster missed practice Thursday with a hip injury. Webster's status for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers is unclear at this time.
Ross, who spent his first five NFL seasons with the Giants, re-signed with the team this past offseason after a year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and looked good during training camp.