Fresh off a bye week, Prince Amukamara is anxious to get back to football.
But it's more than just Week 11 that Amukamara has been away from the field.
Sidelined by a pectoral injury, Amukamara has missed the Giants' last five games. However, he's expected to return for Sunday's NFC East tilt with Washington.
Amukamara declared himself 100 percent and is eager to be a part of the team's stretch run.
"It's great to control our own destiny," Amukamara said. "We know that this game, coach (Tom) Coughlin says, is worth two points because it's in the division and we know that if we take care of what we have to take care of I think we'll be good. We're in the driver's seat and if we win out then we will be happy at the end. We definitely don't want to be in a position where we're paying attention to like Minnesota or other teams to lose and stuff like that because that's not a fun way to look at it."
Amukamara is one a handful of defensive reinforcements returning to the Giants this weekend.
Along with Amukamara, J.T. Thomas and Uani' Unga are expected to be back in the mix as well. Thomas has missed the Giants' last four games with an ankle injury and Unga recently sustained a neck injury.
"We'd definitely help improve our defense," Amukamara said. "I think our defense was doing great without us and we've seen the last couple of weeks, especially last week against the Patriots, I think we just add more bodies and add more help to help our defense."
Amukamara's return to the field is not something he's taking for granted either.
Of course, last year the cornerback's season was cut short due to a bicep tear. Amukamara is in a contract year and health is expected to be a key factor in the Giants' decision to retain him.
This year, Amukamara is focused on making his presence felt during the most critical point in the regular season.
"Definitely excited for it to be short-term (injury) unlike last year and just to come back and finish where I started," he said. "Hosley, I feel like did a great job in my spot and I'm just glad to be back."