Jayron Hosley has return in his sights

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For more than a month, Jayron Hosley has only been able to watch the New York Giants play on Sundays.

A nagging hamstring has sidelined him for the past five games, robbing him of valuable opportunities in his sophomore campaign.

"It was tough," Hosley said. "You prepare every week to be ready to play. When you go down with a hamstring, it could be prevented sometimes. It happened. You got to roll with the punches. Keep fighting."

Over the past few weeks, his health has improved, inching him closer and closer to a return. Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the Packers, Hosley might finally get back in on the action.

For the first time since suffering his hamstring injury against the Chiefs on Sept. 29, Hosley practiced fully all week and isn't on the injury report. That bodes well for his availability for Sunday's game.

"I'm very, very, very anxious, man," Hosley said. "Very focused. Very hungry just to be out there with my team and contribute any way I can."

It's been a rough season for Hosley as the hamstring injury has prevented him from being a key contributor to the Giants in 2013. The 2012 third-round pick played in the first four games, with the hamstring flaring up in the fourth contest against Kansas City. It's been a lengthy recovery period since then.

Last week against Oakland, Hosley practiced during the week and was listed as questionable, but was declared inactive for the eventual Giants victory. Hosley didn't talk to the coaches about the decision. The Giants' staff possibly could have believed Hosley wasn't healthy enough yet to take the field.

Hosley isn't focused on last week's game and the decision to keep him inactive, and he's itching to get back on the field and help the team against the Packers. Hosley has yet to record a tackle this season, and he will likely be the fourth cornerback when he plays in his next game.

"Whenever I get my chance I'm going to be ready. That's part of the game," Hosley said. "Being ready when a man goes down. Next guy has to step up."