That’s the word Tom Coughlin used to describe his reaction to the news last night that Prince Amukamara would miss significant time – likely two months or more – after fracturing the fifth metatarsal in his left foot in practice. It was only his second practice and one of the first reps that the first-round pick took in full pads for the team.
“It’s shocking,” Coughlin said. “It’s most difficult. You wait and wait and wait and you get a guy in here and …”
Poof! Just like that he’s no longer available. Amukamara was quite literally here today, gone tomorrow.
“I’m really down on myself,” Amukamara said to reporters today. “I feel like I let the team down, I let myself down.”
He said it was a “fluke thing.” He said he was lined up in press coverage against Duke Calhoun. The receiver stopped and Amukamara stopped as well.
“I just came out of the cut and I don’t know if he stepped on my foot or anything like that,” Amukamara said. “What was funny about it was we repped that drill like five times right before I had to do it live on the receiver and there was no problem and then it was just one of those random injuries.”
Amukamara said he felt a sting there but actually played one more rep before coming off the field to have the foot looked at.
Coughlin said Amukamara told the Giants that he had encountered some soreness in his foot during the offseason, but he was not in communication with the team at the time because of the lockout. Amukamara made it clear that he checked out fine in his physical.
“We were very conscious that he hadn’t been around, hadn’t been here, so regardless of what we were dressed in we were going to make sure and take good care of him,” Coughlin said. “He wasn’t going to get many snaps. But all to no avail. We’re disappointed, greatly disappointed. The only thing we can say now is hopefully he’s on track to have a chance to recover.”
There is no date set for the surgery yet, which will involve inserting a screw into the foot for support, and no definitive timetable for his return.
“I’ve never broken a bone in my body and I’ve never had surgery before,” Amukamara said. “It’s definitely a little adversity I’m going to have to deal with, but I still have high expectations for the Giants and I have high expectations for myself. So it’s all about focusing on the things that I can control and that’s getting better in my rehab and still staying in the playbook.”