Friday, December 16, 2011
Giants' Justin Tuck questionable
By Matthew Ehalt
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is questionable for Sunday's game against Washington, while safety Kenny Phillips is set to return after missing last Sunday's game vs. Dallas.
"(Tuck) did OK," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He did a few things and he did OK. I don't think there's any setback."
Tuck, who wore a shirt that said 'My pain, your entertainment,' in the locker room on Friday, is battling a toe injury that he suffered before the Dallas game. He had a limited practice on Friday after missing practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He said on Thursday that he and the training staff have been doing everything possible to try to get him healthy but haven't been able to do that yet.
The defensive end, who has been battling injuries all season, already missed the first game against Washington and has missed four games in total. Tuck has played the last six games for the Giants in what has been a disappointing year for him as he has just three sacks and 24 tackles on the year. Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell did say on Thursday that he plans on having Tuck for the game.
Coughlin said it will be important to have Tuck against a Washington team that likes to run wide.
"Any time you have a player of his caliber it's very important," Coughlin said. "We knew exactly what they wanted to do by objective in the first game and we did alright with it. They made some adjustments in their game with it against New England. Quite frankly, they did an outstanding job of scheming it."
Officially listed as probable for the game, Phillips will return to the starting strong safety spot after missing the game against Dallas with a sprained medial collateral ligament that he suffered against Green Bay on Dec. 4. The safety has been one of the bright spots on an underachieving Giants defense as he is third in tackles and has two interceptions on the season. He was a limited participant in practice all week.
Missing the game for the Giants will be center David Baas (neck), tight end Travis Beckum (chest), linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle), safety Derrick Martin (back) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee). Baas, Umenyiora and Herzlich will each be missing their third straight game.
Running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) are both probable for the game. Bradshaw followed his usual routine of practicing on Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday's practices. The running back has played in the last two games after missing the previous four and has rushed 19 times for 50 yards and caught three passes for 16 yards in his two games back.
Matthew Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.