Panthers ground game just as dangerous to Giants as Newton

Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara will have more to worry about Sunday than Carolina quarterback Cam Newton's arm.

Amukamara said the undefeated Panthers' running game will present just as big a challenge, even without their leading rusher, Jonathan Stewart.

The 5-foot-10, 235-pound Stewart had 989 yards and six touchdowns before a foot injury caused coach Ron Rivera to rule him out for Sunday. But the Panthers, who average 141.9 yards as the league's second-ranked rushing offense, will compensate with two other able backs in Mike Tolbert and Fozzy Whittaker.

And then there is Newton, a quarterback who is not afraid to pitch it to a wide receiver or take it himself. That is where Amukamara and fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's days could get a lot busier.

''They use the wide receivers as pitch guys sometimes, and that's our responsibility to cover the pitch guy,'' Amukamara said. ''We expect them to run. They've been running great all year.

''But Cam's pretty deadly with the ball in his hands. He's like a 6-foot-5, 6-6 Adrian Peterson. He's fast, and he definitely does not run like a quarterback. So we need to keep our eye on him, also.''

Newton's prowess as a ball-carrier presents a danger to a run defense thinned on the inside by Jonathan Hankins' season-ending pectoral tear and on the outside by the concussion that will sideline defensive end George Selvie this week.

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