Justin Tuck a game-time decision
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said he is likely a game-time decision for Sunday's contest against Washington with his toe injury. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora, however, will not play, according to coach Tom Coughlin.
"I'm just trying to do everything day to day to hopefully give me the best opportunity to go out there and help the football team win," Tuck said. "We'll find out hopefully something tomorrow or the next day. I don't think the decision will be made until Sunday."
Tuck suffered this toe injury before the Dallas game and isn't exactly sure when it occurred. He had an MRI on it and has not practiced at all this week but is going to try to test it out on Friday. He said the team has been trying all different types of treatment to help him, but there has not been anything that has allowed him to get back on the field. Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said he plans on having Tuck for Sunday's game.
The defensive end has been battling injuries all season, including a neck injury that sidelined him for the first game of the year against Washington. Overall, he has missed four games this season but has played in the last six contests.
"All I know is I want to be out there playing regardless if it's the Redskins or whoever it is this season," Tuck said when asked about missing two games against a divisional opponent.
On the opposite side of the ball, center David Baas said his neck has been getting better and he and the training staff keep trying to improve his health. While he hasn't practiced over the past two weeks and has missed the last two games against Green Bay and Dallas, he's been working out and doing some lifting. During the last two days of practice, he's been seen during the media portion working on individual drills.
While Baas was labeled as having intense headaches last week, he said the main issue has always been with his neck, which caused the headaches and migraine-like symptoms. He said that he is on the right path and does not believe that this injury is going to sideline him for the remainder of the season.
"It takes quite a lot to keep me out and I want to be back. I don't think there's a definite reason that would keep me out for the rest of the season," Baas said. "I feel like the way this has been responding, if it wasn't responding as well as it has been, maybe that would be a different answer. I feel like right now I'm very encouraged by how it's doing and I feel like the doctors hopefully feel the same way. We have to make sure we're talking each and every day, which we are, and making the best decision."
Baas has missed four games this season after signing a five-year deal with the Giants before the season. In his place, backup Kevin Boothe has done an admirable job and helped rejuvenate the Giants' rushing attack.
"I miss it," Baas said. "I want to be back out there with my teammates and want to be winning, all this different stuff. It's tough when you're sitting there watching. We got to be smart about this and the neck is nothing to mess with. When the time is right, I'll let the doctors and the specialists, they know best, I'm not a doctor, I'll listen to their advice and we'll make the best decision and be out there as soon as possible."
Umenyiora will miss his third straight game after spraining his ankle against the Saints on Nov. 28. The defensive end rode a stationary bike during the portion of practice open to the media on Thursday. Coughlin said the team thought Umenyiora would be ready to go for this game but that is not the case. The defensive end will miss his sixth game of the year, including both games against Washington.
Tight end Travis Beckum (chest), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle) and safety Derrick Martin (back) all did not practice for the second straight day on Thursday. Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) both were limited in practice for the second straight day. Phillips said Wednesday that he expects to play Sunday after missing the Dallas game with a sprained MCL.
Matthew Ehalt is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.
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