Friday, October 28, 2011
Justin Tuck listed questionable
By Ian Begley
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Justin Tuck says "the plan" is for him to play Sunday.
Has the plan changed? Probably not.
But it's a fair question to ask after the New York Giants listed Tuck as questionable for Sunday's home game against the winless Dolphins.
Tuck did not discuss his injuries Friday with reporters, but coach Tom Coughlin said Tuck got through Friday's practice without incident.
When asked if Tuck was definitely going to play, Coughlin said, "I would say that we'll find out Sunday."
Brandon Jacobs, who has missed the past two weeks with a knee injury, is listed as probable and should play Sunday. The running back said Thursday he felt "explosive" in practice.
"I'm ready to get out there and get some snaps and play," said Jacobs, who hasn't played since Oct. 2.
Linebacker Michael Boley (knee), defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee) and guard Chris Snee (concussion) are probable as well. Snee missed the Giants' Week 6 win over Buffalo due to the concussion but has planned all week to play.
Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara, who practiced for the first time this week since suffering a broken foot in the Giants' second preseason practice, is out. Coughlin praised Amukamara's performance in practice but said the first-round pick "needs more time" to get acclimated to the pro game.
"He did make a couple plays this week so hopefully he's going to continue to come along," Coughlin said.
As far as Tuck goes, the defensive end has practiced on a limited basis all week. He said Thursday that, if he plays, he expects to be a bit apprehensive early in the game because of the nature of his injuries.
"Obviously there's fear," Tuck said. "Anytime you have any little tweak in anything, you're kind of self-conscious about it. But it's the game we play."
Tuck has missed the Giants' past three games and played in just two of the team's first six due to lingering neck and groin injuries. He's recorded six tackles and 1½ sacks this season.
Tuck's return would boost an already stout Giants' defensive line, which features Umenyiora, Jason Pierre-Paul and Dave Tollefson.
By and large, the Giants' defense has held its own despite injuries to key players, such as starting cornerback Terrell Thomas and starting middle linebacker Jonathan Goff. Despite those losses, the Giants have been successful at pressuring the quarterback.
Both Pierre-Paul (7½) and Umenyiora (five) rank in the top 10 in the NFL in sacks. As a team, the Giants are tied for the NFL lead with 21 sacks. If he's healthy and playing to his standards, Tuck should make it more difficult for Giants opponents to protect their passers.
In addition to Tuck, the Giants have listed backup lineman Stacy Andrews as questionable with a back injury. Andrews missed his second straight practice on Friday but believes he can play Sunday. He suffered the injury earlier in practice this week and received a cortisone shot.
Ian Begley is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.