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Giantsí Prince Amukamara cleared to play vs. Broncos

9/15/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The New York Giants are under pressure to contain Peyton Manning and to prevent him from connecting with his offensive targets, when they take to the field against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Things could have gotten additionally difficult for the New York Giants had their prized cornerback Prince Amukamara not been cleared to hit the field again this week.
 
Prince Amukamara has recovered sufficiently from a concussion to come back to practice, as witnessed on Friday. He suffered the concussion on last Sunday’s loss to Cowboys during the second quarter. He was declared to have recovered sufficiently on Thursday and cleared to practice on Friday.  Head coach Tom Coughlin said that Amukamara would be ready to play on Sunday afternoon’s game.
 
Amukamara stated that he suffered from the usual symptoms experienced after a concussion such as photonic sensitivity and migraines but he had recovered from them to be able to participate on Sunday. “The main thing was, the whole protocol is just a long variety of tests and making sure I’m feeling OK. It just took a while, but I’m glad to be cleared.”
 
His recovery has enabled the Giants to relieve some pressure off them. With players like Julius Thomas, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker on the Denver’s side, Amukamara playing the field will secure some footing. With the Manning brothers facing each other off, this one promises to be a classic. “It’s a great challenge; Peyton is a great quarterback. Amukamara. My job was just to be engaged. . . . I’m glad I didn’t take a day off.”
 
Giants safety Antrel Rolle commented that Amukamara was a very valuable player in their team. “You want to have all your guys, all your key weapons,” he said. “We all know that Prince is definitely an asset to this defense. He’s come along great so far and he’s been playing outstanding for us. We’re looking forward to him continuing that.”
 
Amukamara has the least concerns about attending only one complete practice and just coming back to the team and playing against Broncos. He has attended many team meeting over the week and has actively participated in mental preparation for the match. To ensure recovery from concussion, he underwent many cognitive tests and replied the results proved he had healed, although he added with a laugh he almost messed up the last three presidents. “I almost missed Clinton.”
 
Concussions are a rare injury for Amukamara. This is the second concussion he has had in his career. Just two days prior to the season opener, he was conversing about how he rarely had concussions because he hit right. After that he and Ryan Mundy tackled Terrace Williams (receiver) and their helmet collided.
 
He pointed that this was the second concussion of his life as the first one came when he ran into a basketball pole at the age of 10. “That one knocked me out,” he added. “I don’t think I remembered anything for like 20 seconds.”
 
With the current subject of concussions a hot one among NFL, Amukamara was intrigued to ask his team what the experience was like for them. He expressed his interest in learning more about concussions and how it differed for every player.
 
About his concussion, he commented “Everyone said it looked like I caught the Holy Ghost because my arms were out and stuff. It is definitely a scary feeling, especially for my mom. I had to call her and tell her everything was OK.”
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