EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants first-round draft pick Prince Amukamara is out indefinitely with a fractured bone in his left foot.
A day after signing with the Giants, Amukamara was hurt in practice Saturday night and left the field.
Roughly an hour after the workout ended, the Giants said that the cornerback from Nebraska fractured the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. He will have surgery to have a screw inserted in the foot and be sidelined for an undetermined period.
It was not immediately clear how he was hurt. He left the field with a member of the Giants medical staff and X-rays subsequently revealed the fracture.
Dr. Victor Khabie, co-chief of Orthopedics and Spine Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital, says such injuries can be slow to heal.
"This is a bad injury as the blood supply to the fifth metatarsal is poor," Khabie said in responding to an email from The Associated Press. "A screw is required in this fracture to help optimize fracture healing. Even with the screw, healing can be slow. He will most likely be on crutches for four to six weeks, and could miss eight weeks of football. If the bone heals slower, he could be out much longer."
Amukamara, the 19th overall draft selection, signed a four-year, $8.18 million contract Friday after missing the first five days of training camp. He practiced with the team for the first time that evening, but mostly stayed close to the coaches and veterans to see what was happening.
The cornerback was confident on Friday that he would be able catch up, saying he also had been told by the coaches not to push things too quickly because the Giants have starting cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster returning and former first-round pick Aaron Ross (2007) backing them up.
However, the 22-year-old also knew that the first exhibition game was a week away. "Time is running out so I am sure they want to work me in pretty quick," Amukamara said.
All he can do now is wait for his foot to heal.