Tuck Sits, But Says He'll Play

Justin Tuck sat out practice Thursday, but said he'll be in the lineup come Sunday in Arizona.

Justin Tuck has yet to practice this week because of nagging injuries to his shoulder and groin.

But he said if the Giants take the defensive end along to Arizona, he's suiting up.

"If I get on that plane to Arizona, I am playing," Tuck said Thursday after sitting out his second straight day of practice.

Not that this all isn't frustrating for him. Cameras caught him on the sideline last week having his bothersome left shoulder tended to by the training staff.

But he said he's not at the point where he'll need the services of a specialist.

"If it gets to that point, sure I will, but right now it is not there," Tuck said.

Coach Tom Coughlin said he's improved since the beginning of the week, but he didn't know if he'd be able to practice Friday.

"He's a little bit better," Coughlin said. "I think each day he feels a little bit better.

"We'll have to see how Tuck is (Friday), whether he can go or not. Can he be limited? What's his deal? We don't know that yet."

Tuck is just part of the Giants' injury problem. Osi Umenyiora is gradually making his way back, but will be questionable for the game as the Giants try to stick to an exact, but unannounced timetable in his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery.

And wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has joined the party with swelling in the knee. He took limited practice Thursday, but indicated he'd be ready to go by Sunday.

And new WR Brandon Stokley remained in the training room with a strained knee.

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