Heat's On D-line

The Giants started the season with more defensive linemen than they knew what to do with. With the potential absences of both Justin Tuck and Chris Canty Sunday in Tampa Bay, their depth is possibly going to be tested a lot earlier than expected.

Both players missed practice on Wednesday and their status for the game won't be known until later in the week. If Tuck can't go, Mathias Kiwanuka will start in his place at left defensive end. Kiwanuka played well in Tuck's absence against the Cowboys, but was most valuable rotating in as the club's third DE.

While injuries have prevented Canty from grabbing his expected starting spot at DT, he also provided solid depth on opening day, but was unable to last week as an injury to his calf kept him on the sideline.

The Giants still possess six solid D-linemen – Kiwanuka, Osi Umenyiora, Fred Robbins, Barry Cofield, Rocky Bernard and Dave Tollefson – but with the temperatures expected to reach the 90s in Tampa Bay this Sunday, they sure would be better-served if they had all hands on deck.

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