EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- Wearing a protective walking boot on his right foot, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara knows he will be spending a lot more time in the cold tub with a high ankle sprain.
And anyone who has seen the video of Jason Pierre-Paul pranking him knows that the last place the cornerback wants to be in is a tub full of icy water.
"I know the saying is you can't make the club in the tub so I've been in the tub enough," Amukamara said. "So I just have to hurry up and get out and do everything I can to help this team."
The cornerback said his right ankle was feeling considerably better on Sunday than it did 24 hours after suffering the injury on Friday night against Chicago.
And while the Giants are calling it a moderate high ankle sprain, Amukamara could still potentially miss several weeks to a month or more of action.
"It's a mild high ankle sprain," Amukamara said. "They didn't tell me an expected time of recovery, but how I feel right now, it's a huge improvement from how I felt yesterday and after the game."
It was an interesting week for the Giants' 2011 first-round pick. He was at the center of controversy surrounding a video that went viral of Pierre-Paul tossing the cornerback into a rubber tub full of ice as a prank. And after breaking his left foot in training camp last year and missing half of last season, Amukamara was injured again in the final dress rehearsal for the starters in the preseason on Friday night.
Initially he feared a much worse injury than a high ankle sprain.
"I just felt something poking out the side of my leg and I definitely had a flashback of my fifth metatarsal from last season," Amukamara said. "So I didn't know what was going on. Then they brought out the cart. I thought the cart was pretty dramatic, but they were just taking precautions because they weren't sure."
Fortunately for Amukamara and the Giants, nothing was broken. But they now will likely face the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5 without Terrell Thomas and Amukamara. That means a veteran such as Michael Coe could start opposite Corey Webster.
Coe, Justin Tryon and Bruce Johnson all are options to start in place of Amukamara. Impressive third-round pick Jayron Hosley could return this week in practice from turf toe but he is more of a candidate to cover slot receivers as the nickel back until he is able to progress more.
With three of their top six cornerbacks injured at the moment, the Giants are concerned about their corners again. Last year, the Giants had five cornerbacks land on injured reserve due to season-ending injuries.
"I don't have any idea why these things continue to happen at this position, but they do," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Certainly have for the past couple years for us. We're certainly concerned. 'Concerned' is a very modest word."
Amukamara now will have to spend a lot of time in the cold tub and hope that he will heal quickly.
"I rolled my ankle last week on actually the same foot and I played through it, everything was fine," Amukamara said. "I feel pretty confident that I do recover quick from ankle sprains.
"I used to play basketball and deal with them, but this one is different," he added. "It is a mild high ankle and I've never experienced one like this. Mine is mild. I don't think it's as serious as (previous high ankle sprains), so, again, just day by day."