Justin Tuck to play for Giants vs. Redskins

December, 18, 2011
12/18/11
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck, who has been struggling with a toe injury and last week described himself as a game-time decision, is active and will play for the Giants in Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins.

With defensive end Osi Umenyiora already out, the Giants could ill afford to lose Tuck, who will man the starting defensive end spot opposite 2011 breakout star Jason Pierre-Paul. It remains to be seen whether Tuck will be limited by the toe injury, how many snaps he'll play and how effective he can be. But the fact that he's not listed among the inactives indicates the Giants believe he can help them.

For the Redskins, the most significant inactives are right tackle Jammal Brown and fullback/tight end Mike Sellers, neither of him is a surprise. Brown injured his groin in warmups before last week's game against the Patriots, and Sellers suffered an elbow injury in that same game. The Redskins are playing without either of their starting tackles, as left tackle Trent Williams is serving a drug suspension. And with Chris Cooley out for the year and Fred Davis also serving a drug suspension, Sellers had been working a lot at the tight end position, where the Redskins are obviously extremely thin.

I'll be here all afternoon with your updates. We'll be live-chatting in Countdown Live, so drop on by. And of course, plenty from both locker rooms after the game.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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