Prince Amukamara has been known for two things in the last week. He combined them into one solid one-liner while talking to the media today.
“I’m not discouraged by it by no means,” the second-year cornerback said of the moderate high ankle sprain he suffered on Friday against the Bears. “I’m thankful nothing is broken and it’s all a part of football. You get banged up and I know the saying is you can’t make the club in the tub so (laughter) I’ve been in the tub enough. So I just have to hurry up and get out and do everything I can to help this team.”
The tub reference was about the video that emerged last week of Jason Pierre-Paul hazing Amukamara but dumping him into an ice tub.
Amukamara was able to crack the joke because he seems very optimistic – although vague – about his recovery time from this injury.
“I rolled my ankle last week in actually the same foot and I played through it, everything was fine,” Amukamara said. “I feel pretty confident that I do recover quickly from ankle sprains. I used to play basketball and deal with them, but this one is different. It is a mild high ankle and I’ve never experienced one like this. It’s just something new and with the trainers hopefully I can get it taken care of.”
Amukamara had not spoken to the media since before his ankle sprain.
“It did happen the play before (his final play) on Hester’s reverse,” he said. “I kind of got rolled up when I was blocking Marshall. I told Corey, Corey asked if I was good and I told him I’m not sure and he told me to go down but I didn’t want to go down on the field. I always stay a play after just to see how serious it was and I guess the Bears heard me say that I was hurt and they tried to come after me on the next play. So that wasn’t smart. Then I made a good tackle and I stayed down.
“I just felt something poking out the side of my leg and I definitely had a flashback of my fifth metatarsal from last season so I didn’t know what was going on,” Amukamara continued. “Then they brought out the cart. I thought the cart was pretty dramatic, but they were just taking precautions because they weren’t sure.”
Amukamara said he feels better than he did yesterday or Friday night. He’s wearing a protective boot on his right ankle. But that elusive timeline for a return, well, Amukamara said he doesn’t have one. At least not yet.
“I think in a couple of days I’ll see how it feels and then I’ll be sure to give a prediction,” he said. “Just take it day by day and see how it feels and I think I’ll know by then.”