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Giants' top pick out two months

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants top draft pick Prince Amukamara stood uncomfortably on crutches Sunday, one day after breaking his left foot in practice. He's expected to have surgery and may be sidelined for up to two months.

The former Nebraska All-America cornerback 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 put on the Giants' uniform.

"I've never broken a bone before and never had surgery before," Amukamara said Sunday. "It's just a little bit of adversity that I'm going to have to deal with. I'm really down on myself right now. I feel like I let the team and myself down."

He broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot during his second practice and will have surgery to insert a screw. The 6-foot, 206-pound rookie was going through a passing drill Saturday night when he got tangled up with receiver Duke Calhoun.

The Giants have lost cornerbacks Bruce Johnson (ruptured Achilles tendon) and Amukamara to injury in the last three days, while Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora continues to hold out.

New York will host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Oct. 16.


Burress eases into action

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Plaxico Burress lined up on the practice field, ran a route and watched as a pass to him from Mark Sanchez fell incomplete.

He was hoping Rex Ryan wouldn't notice.

"I was trying to sneak in," the New York Jets wide receiver said with a big grin, "but me being 6-5, it didn't work out too well."

Burress made his debut for the Jets in 11-on-11 team drills Sunday after being limited to being mostly a spectator since he signed a week ago.

"To be honest," he said, still wearing his pads and white Jets jersey, "it feels like I've never left."

He rolled his left ankle running routes with Santonio Holmes last Wednesday, and had only been doing light work during the morning walkthroughs. For the afternoon practice, Burress was eager to get back out there after a few years away that included a 20-month stint in prison on a gun charge.

"The plan was just for me to go through individuals and I stole a couple of team plays," he said, smiling. "I tried to sneak in there and Rex basically told me, 'Hey, this is a good start and we don't want any setbacks.' So if they wouldn't have taken me out, I would have kept on going."

Burress was in uniform for Friday's afternoon practice, as he was Thursday, but mostly as a sideline spectator. After a day off Saturday, Burress was able to do a little more on the field.

"I really want to go slow because he's feeling great," Ryan said.


Around the league

*Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan defended himself on Twitter, saying he left training camp to deal with a personal matter and isn't upset with his contract. Finnegan wrote on Sunday that he has spoken to coaches and teammates and will resume "all things asked" when he returns today.

*Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid was ignoring reports Sunday that wide receiver DeSean Jackson would end his holdout and report to training camp today, as various media outlets have indicated. "We'll see," Reid said. "I haven't talked to him."

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