Prince Amukamara probably could hold his baby daughter, even with his partially torn pectoral muscle. But he's been telling his wife, Pilar, that he shouldn't.
An over-worried first-time father concerned that his football injury might somehow endanger the baby? No, he admitted on Thursday, he's just trying to get out of diaper duty.
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The fact is that Amukamara is able to do a lot of everyday things, which is a good sign for him. Driving his car, brushing his teeth, things of that nature are the way he gauges his injuries. Those are the things he wasn't able to do last year when he suffered a torn biceps that landed him on injured reserve.
"I'm more mobile," he said. "I can move it around and I can still do stuff with it. That gives me encouragement."
Of course, if he's still only able to do those things in two weeks when he has another MRI?
"Then I'll probably start panicking a little bit."
He injured himself in the third quarter against the 49ers on Sunday, coming up to make a tackle on a short pass to fullback Bruce Miller. He came off the field during that drive, was diagnosed and told the tendon was still attached, and came back on in time to get beat by Anquan Boldin for a touchdown. Replays show Amukamara favoring his left arm on that scoring play and having difficulty running due to it.
Amukamara has had only one season in which he appeared in all 16 games in the NFL, and this will be another in which he misses time. He's expected to be sidelined for two to four games. Will he ever be able to get through a full season again?
"That question has definitely come into my head," he said. "I've tried different things, tried switching my eating habits and my workout habits. I'm still going to continue to try to figure it out."
The Giants are likely thinking about his tendency toward injuries as well. Amukamara is in the final year of his contract and the team would normally be looking to commit to him long-term after this season. His history of being unavailable for large chunks of seasons -- he's only played in 10 or more games in a season twice in his first four years in the NFL -- could dampen their desire to do so.
This pectoral injury could wind up costing Amukamara not just a month, but millions.
He said he's not thinking about that, but admitted it is difficult to do so.
"It's very tough," he said. "But the way my mind is, I've always been a team-first guy. I know I'm not the only one who is excited about this year, so winning the division was my number one goal this year and playing all 16 games, which would help us do that."
That last part is not going to happen now. As for the rest of it?
Like Amukamara said, if things haven't progressed in two or three weeks, it may be time to panic.