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New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Misses Wednesday Practice with Shoulder Injury

December 20th, 2012 at 6:45 AM
By Casey Sherman

'Justin Tuck' photo (c) 2012, Mike Morbeck - license: New York Giants defensive captain Justin Tuck has been plagued by injuries for the majority of his career. That theme continued on Wednesday as Tuck unexpectedly sat out of practice with a shoulder injury, apparently suffered last week against the Atlanta Falcons.

"He probably banged it in the game, although he didn’t come out of the game or anything of that nature," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We can and I think he can deal with it because he’s had to before."

Tuck, along with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee), center David Baas (hip/shoulder), guard Chris Snee (hip), and Ahmad Bradshaw (knee/foot) all missed practice.

Last season, Tuck battled through several injuries, including a nagging shoulder issue. It is unclear whether this injury is related, however it doesn't appear to be serious, and Tuck is expected to play in a must-win game against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

Tuck is looking to break out of a slump on Sunday. Last week's loss in Atlanta marked his fifth game in a row without recording a single sack.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Chris Snee, David Baas, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Justin Tuck, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

5 Responses to “New York Giants’ Justin Tuck Misses Wednesday Practice with Shoulder Injury”

  1.  Krow says:

    Maybe our guys just don’t like to practice.

  2.  rlhjr says:

    I’m sorry, is there actually a player on the roster named Justin Tuck?

  3.  James Stoll says:

    Well, our Giants are in familiar territory. In each of the last 2 seasons they lost a week 15 matchup that would have allowed them to seal up a playoff berth and ready themselves for the playoffs. (actually, the same is true for 2009, but after losing the week 15 game they needed help in the last 2 weeks which they never got so were eliminated regardless of how they played those final 2. – they lost both badly in any event).
    In 2010, following the debacle against Philly, they were still 9-5 and in control of their playoff fate All they needed to do was beat the 8-6 Packers in Lambeau. Instead they got slaughtered.
    In 2011, following an incomprehensible let-down against the Rex Grossman led 5-9 Redskins, the Giants had to win out starting with the Jets. And although the Jets were barely a competitive team, the Giants slowly took over the game and then really took off.
    And here we are again. Following a mind-numbing shutout loss to a 12-2 Falcons team, which many still question, the Giants face a Ravens team that is already in the playoffs despite losing 3 straight. How will it play out? The Ravens may not need the game as badly as do the Giants, but after losing 3 in a row, their grip on the division is at risk. A 4th loss coupled with a Cincinnati win and the Bengals grab the lead and the Ravens drop all the way to the 6th seed and a potential playoff trip to NE in the opening round. A win and the division is theirs which earns them the right to host the Colts and Andrew Luck. While both look like tough tasks for the Ravens, you know they prefer the latter over the former and hence they will be up, way up for this game.
    The question becomes whether the Giants can match their intensity. Will they find it within them to gather up and put forth the effort they have displayed several times this year, much like they did in 2011? Or will they quit, roll over like beaten dogs, like they did in 2010 (and 2009, but they did it there earlier and more emphatically)?
    Only time wil tell, but for those who believe in patterns, the Giants are on an every other week one of late. Bad, good, bad, good, bad, __?
    let’s hope that the Giants can find it within themselves this week and that will mean we at least make it to the season finale with our fate in our hands, and the “privilege” of facing our greatest nemesis, even when down and out, for the right to extend the season.

  4.  Krow says:

    We seem to have a lot of guys who are always nicked up. Guys who are never … or seldom … 100%. Guys who can be counted on to miss some games … or to be playing several of them hurt.

    There’s a point where you cut and run. We saw them reach that end on O’Hara … Pierce … McKenzie.

    I’m not singling out Tuck. But I’m wondering if they have to reduce the number of players in this category. Maybe our yearly inconsistency is due in part to having so many key players who are high annual injury risks.

    •  Syed Sohail Shah says:

      Krow, I agree with you. It might be time to let Tuck go but you never know maybe he plays well in the next two games maybe more if we make the playoffs. The thing I don’t understand is that he is a veteran a leader, and sometimes it just looks like he has the worst body language and does not give his full effort. Maybe it’s those injuries or whatever but coughlin needs to take to him like be did last year and light a fire in him.

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