One day after breaking his left foot in practice, cornerback Prince Amukamara, the New York Giants’ top draft pick this year, stood uncomfortably on crutches Sunday. He’s expected to have surgery and may be sidelined for up to two months.
The former Nebraska All-American was all smiles Friday after getting a four-year, $8.1 million contract following a weeklong holdout. The No. 19 overall pick in the draft will have to wait a bit longer to play in the NFL.
“I’ve never broken a bone before and never had surgery before,” Amukamara said Sunday.
The 6-foot, 206-pound rookie was going through a passing drill Saturday night when he got tangled up with receiver Duke Calhoun.
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“I tried to make a cut and I don’t know if he (Calhoun) stepped on my foot or not,” Amukamara said. “It was one of those random injuries. It was a freak thing.”
Giants coach Tom Coughlin couldn’t believe the rookie’s bad luck.
“I am just shocked,” he said.
Meanwhile, Coughlin said there was nothing new to report on holdout defensive end Osi Umenyiora.
“He’s not practicing,” Coughlin said. “I would like to think it will all be resolved quickly.”
BURRESS SNEAKS IN
Receiver Plaxico Burress made his debut for the Jets in 11-on-11 team drills after being limited to being mostly a spectator after he rolled his left ankle last week.
He was hoping Rex Ryan didn’t notice.
“I was trying to sneak in,” Burress said with a grin, “but me being 6-5, it didn’t work out too well.”
Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan is defending himself on Twitter, saying he left training camp to deal with a personal matter and isn’t upset with his contract.
Finnegan wrote Sunday that he has spoken to coaches and teammates and will resume “all things asked.”
He said his personal issue needed attention and he will be back playing today when he will answer all questions.
“My absence had nothing to do with a holdout yet a personal matter that Titan officials were aware of. I am grateful for being a Titan,” Finnegan wrote.
The Titans first noticed Finnegan had left camp when he didn’t attend a special teams practice Saturday.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford threw for 140 yards and four TDs on 13-for-20 passing accuracy in a scrimmage at St. Charles, Mo. … Dallas signed quarterback Tom Brandstater and receiver Dominique Edison after they were cut by other teams. Edison was cut by Seattle. … Houston signed free agent linebacker Tim Dobbins, who was cut by the Dolphins. ... Running back Jason Snelling agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Atlanta Falcons, where he is likely to face a challenge from rookie Jacquizz Rogers. … Bills cornerback Drayton Florence has a sprained ankle that will keep him out of the team’s exhibition opener at Chicago this weekend.