EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Perhaps the one New York Giants position group that absolutely can't afford to lose another player to injury is cornerback. So it was a bit jarring to learn Thursday that cornerback Zack Bowman was not at practice, but instead at the hospital, where he was being checked out for what the team described as a lower abdominal issue.
Obviously, the first concern is that it's not a serious problem. But from a roster standpoint, if Bowman has to miss Sunday's game in Seattle, his absence would leave the Giants impossibly short at the position.
Earlier this week, the Giants placed starting cornerback Prince Amukamara on injured reserve with a torn biceps. Earlier this year, they placed nickel cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Trumaine McBride and sixth-round rookie cornerback Bennett Jackson on injured reserve.
If Bowman is unable to play, the current group of Giants cornerbacks is as follows: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (who himself has been severely limited over the past month with back and leg injuries), Jayron Hosley, Chandler Fenner, Mike Harris (signed last week off the Lions' practice squad) and Chykie Brown (claimed off waivers Wednesday after being cut by the Ravens). They also have rookie Victor Hampton on the practice squad.
Rodgers-Cromartie would be one of the starters, and after that, it's anyone's guess. Harris and Brown have experience but just got here. Hosley's struggling enough in the nickel spot as it is. The Seahawks don't have a high-powered downfield passing game, but they sure could look like they do if this is the group the Giants show up with on Sunday.
In other practice news...
Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who missed Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, took part in stretching but was only an observer when individual drills began Thursday.
Running back Rashad Jennings also warmed up with the team -- something he hasn't done in a few weeks. But he was absent from drills as well and still seems to be targeting Week 11's game against San Francisco for his return from a knee injury.
Offensive lineman Adam Snyder sat out of practice with a sore knee.
Left guard Weston Richburg was practicing in spite of the sprained ankle he suffered in Monday's game.
Guard Geoff Schwartz also was taking part in drills, but he has yet to be activated from short-term injured reserve and doesn't seem likely to play Sunday.