EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck didn't offer any guarantees about playing on Sunday. He even refused to put a percentage on it. But all indications point to him taking the field against winless Miami.
"That's the plan," Tuck said after practicing on Thursday.
The Giants hope to get both Tuck and Brandon Jacobs back for their home game against the Dolphins.
Jacobs, who has missed the last two weeks with a medial collateral ligament injury and caused a stir Thursday by expressing frustration with his role this season in a magazine interview, said he felt no soreness in his knee after two consecutive practices. So, barring a setback, he should return as well.
"That bye couldn't have come at a better time for me," said Jacobs, who hasn't played since the Giants' win in Arizona on Oct. 2. "I ended up missing two weeks. That third week, if we didn't have the bye, I would have been good to go.
"I felt good, felt explosive yesterday and today," he added. "I'm ready to get out there and get some snaps and play."
Tuck, however, appeared more reserved than Jacobs when talking about the possibility of returning to the field.
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 1.5 sacks so far in 2011.
He was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday, but he called that a precautionary move.
If Tuck and Jacobs return, the Giants (4-2) could be near full strength on Sunday; Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee is expected to return as well. Snee suffered a concussion on Oct. 9 against Seattle but should be active against the Dolphins (0-6).
Even first-round pick Prince Amukamara may see some time on the field. He missed the first six weeks with a broken foot but returned to practice this week and impressed coaches and players with his play on Thursday.
Wide receiver Ramses Barden (ankle) also participated in practice but it is unknown if he will play Sunday. He has been out since breaking his ankle late last season.
Fullback Henry Hynoski, though, is unlikely to play. He sat out practice on Thursday due to a lingering neck injury and was limited in practice on Wednesday.
The only other Giant not on the field Thursday was backup center Adam Koets, who also is on the PUP list with a back injury and is not yet ready to practice.
Ian Begley is a frequent contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.