EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- He has missed five games with a pectoral tear he initially hoped would only cost him two. His team is in first place and has a game Sunday against one of the teams that's a game behind them. He himself had a huge game with these two teams played earlier this season. So yes, New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is determined to be on the field Sunday in Washington.
"I feel like I'm ready to play four quarters of a football game," Amukamara said after Giants practice Monday. "I feel 100 percent. I'm ready to go."
Amukamara has been practicing with a brace on his left shoulder to prevent his arm from extending too far backward and risk worsening the partial tear of his pectoral tendon. He's likely to have to play with some sort of brace Sunday, though maybe not the exact one in which he's been practicing. But he said it takes him no time to get used to the brace and that it's not limiting him at all.
"If I had any doubt that I might injure myself more, or if the doctors did, I wouldn't be out there," Amukamara said. "I don't feel any restrictions. I can run pretty good, jam pretty good... it's just all about protection."
The Giants may be getting healthier on defense, with Jason Pierre-Paul set to play a third game in a row following his return from his hand injury and linebackers J.T. Thomas and Uani Unga both back at practice Monday. Defensive end Damontre Moore is dealing with a hamstring injury but was able to run on the side Monday and do some team drills.
On the offensive line, however, things are a little more uncertain. Left guard Justin Pugh, who missed the Week 10 game due to concussion symptoms that came back on him the day of the game, is in the concussion protocol and was not at practice Monday. His status for Sunday is in doubt, as is that of center Weston Richburg, who has a high ankle sprain. Richburg said he was doing everything he could to be ready for Sunday, but he still hasn't been able to run.