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NFL lines – Giants Defense Hurting

Posted by Ashley Carmichael on 9/11/2011 9:34:15 AM

New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck is at risk of missing his team’s opening game this NFL lines Sunday if his injured neck does not rapidly improve.

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The New York Giants’ defensive end Justin Tuck did not practice on Thursday because of a sore neck, and looks doubtful to be inserted into his team’s lineup for the NFL lines season opener against the Washington Redskins this Sunday afternoon.

Tuck suffered the neck injury August 29 in a pre-season game against the New York Jets, with the injury healing much slower than expected. The 28-year-old defensive end has told reporters that he had been consorting with fellow defensive teammate Mathias Kiwanuka – who missed most of last season with a neck injury a herniated cervical disk – for advice. Although Kiwanuka advises him to rest and take time with his recovery, Tuck also feels the need to get on the field Sunday and help his team win against their NFC East rivals.

Justin Tuck was quick to dispel the possibility that his injury was as bad as Kiwanuka’s, and also said that he has played under worse conditions in the past. Nevertheless, it is not the scope of the injury that could be hindering his chances of playing, but the possibility that the injury could get worse due to further irritation.

If the All-Pro defensive end would be absent this Sunday, this would spell out bad news for the Giants as they already lost multiple starters to injuries like cornerback Terrell Thomas, linebacker Jonathan Goff, and Marvin Austin, their second-round draft pick this year.

As well, Osi Umenyiora, a two-time defensive end Pro Bowl selection, is also unavailable due to undergoing rehabilitation on his knee, while cornerback Prince Amukamara is also out with a broken foot.

Clearly, New York’s defense that is already dented with injuries will appear even more vulnerable with the absence of Tuck this Sunday, if his injury should persist.  Notwithstanding, the Giants have a bit of luck in that this present weakness in their defense should not be fatal, as they will be facing up against the Washington Redskins – a team that will not look to make much of a splash this NFL lines season.

In lieu that their favorable Week 1 matchup however, it probably would be a better move for the Giants’ management to rest Tuck, rather than risk his health against such a meek opponent where his absence should not be truly missed. Of course, there is also the risk and the slight possibility that the Redskins do exploit the Giants’ current defensive vulnerabilities – though the potential worsening of Tuck’s injury should far outweigh the negative effects of that unlikely outcome.

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