Sunday, September 25, 2011
Giants DEs brush off injuries
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Both of the New York Giants' starting defensive ends got banged up on Sunday. But neither Justin Tuck or Jason Pierre-Paul said it was anything major.
Tuck left the game briefly in the third quarter with a recurring neck stinger, while Pierre-Paul cramped up on the last play of the Giants' stunning 29-16 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Nevertheless, both Tuck and Pierre-Paul downplayed their ailments, and neither sounded as though they'd miss any significant time.
"It feels well enough to finish the game," said Tuck, who suffered the same injury that kept him out of New York's season-opener against St. Louis. "It's recurring. It keeps happening so I guess you could call it that. I mean, it's something I can play through and I will play through."
Pierre-Paul said he began cramping up before the ball was snapped on the last play of the game. He tried to signal over to the team's coaching staff, but they didn't see him, so Pierre-Paul finished off the play by sacking Philadelphia backup quarterback Mike Kafka.
"I just caught a cramp, I was cramping, that was it," Pierre-Paul said. "I probably had 60 or something snaps, but I feel alright."
The 21-year-old Pierre-Paul finished Sunday's game with nine tackles (seven solo) and two sacks. In three games so far this season, the second-year pro has certainly made his presence felt, recording 4.5 sacks to go along with 17 tackles.
The 28-year-old Tuck, a seven-year veteran, registered just one tackle on Sunday, and now has six tackles and 1.5 sacks in two games this season.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.