Two key players questionable

Updated: December 21, 2012, 7:21 PM ET
By Matt Ehalt | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot) are both questionable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, although there appears to be more uncertainty about Tuck.

Tuck missed his third consecutive day of practice Friday because the medical staff did not believe he was ready. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week that Tuck probably injured his shoulder in Sunday's loss to Atlanta, and thought the team's defensive captain would be able to deal with the injury. Coughlin had hoped that Tuck would practice Friday.

"We're going to have to wait and see on that one," he said.

Bradshaw missed last week's game after spraining his knee Dec. 9 against New Orleans. He said Monday that he would play against Baltimore, and he had his usual one-day-a-week of practice Friday in a limited capacity. Coughlin said he's encouraged for this weekend, saying Bradshaw looked OK on Friday.

The Giants could use Bradshaw because there were pass-protection errors and failures in short-yardage situations in Atlanta.

The Giants have 11 players on their injury report, but all of them are listed as probable or questionable.

Cornerback Prince Amukamara (hamstring) is probable after practicing each day this week, including a full practice Friday. Amukamara also injured his hamstring Dec. 9 and had to sit out against Atlanta. The first-round pick has been perhaps the team's best defensive back this season and is "very optimistic" he can play.

"(The hamstring) is still a little sore and I felt like I've been running good, better and better as the week went on," Amukamara said.

Offensive linemen Chris Snee (hip) and center David Baas (hip/shoulder) are both questionable, but both plan to play Sunday in what could be an elimination game for the Giants. The linemen missed Wednesday's and Thursday's practices but returned in a limited capacity Friday. Snee injured his hip against Atlanta and acknowledged that surgery could be a possibility.

"It's all hands on deck and I was able to go out there and work a little bit today," Snee said. "I'm feeling good about Sunday."

Safety Kenny Phillips (knee) practiced in a limited capacity all week and is questionable. He looked "OK" on Friday, according to Coughlin. Phillips aggravated his knee against Green Bay on Nov. 25 and has missed the past two games. Having Phillips gives the Giants more versatility in the secondary, and the team had arguably its best defensive effort this year with him in the lineup against Green Bay.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee) was limited on Friday and is probable, as are defensive tackle Chris Canty (neck) and wide receiver Rueben Randle (back). Tight end Travis Beckum (knee) and safety Tyler Sash (hamstring) are both questionable.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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