Justin Tuck said he's not worried about Cowboys owner Jerry Jones inviting fans to Sunday's game to watch his team "kick the Giants' ----." In fact, he said he'd welcome a chance to square off with the 70-year-old. "I don't play Jerry," Tuck said on a conference call with the Dallas media. "If he wants to put on a jersey and line up, I'll welcome that. But I don't think Jerry is going to be doing any kicking of my posterior."

As for Jones, injuries to key players like LB Sean Lee (toe, placed on IR) and RB DeMarco Murray (foot) have taken some of the starch out of his bravado.

"Against this team, [picked] by many and arguably the best team in the NFL, we wanted all hands on deck," Jones said in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It is disappointing not to have two players of that caliber. I've said all along I think this team has an opportunity to be a contender but the one exception that I made was . . . sitting as we're sitting right now health wise, injury can make a difference and does in the NFL."

Cruz laughs at Twitter talk

The Internet was buzzing Wednesday morning with the suggestion that Victor Cruz use the leverage from his 77-yard game-winning TD reception against the Redskins and stage a holdout for a new contract. "Never happen," Cruz said, adding that he "chuckled" at the idea when he saw it on Twitter. "If I'm going to do that, I might as well do it at the beginning of the season, not wait until I'm doing well and just hold out," he said. "I want to continue to help my team win. I want to win championships. I want to win football games. I'm not just holding out because I want to worry about a contract and the team's going to panic if I hold out."

 

Giant steps

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Chris Canty, a former Cowboy, said nearly four seasons apart from his former team has not dulled the rivalry. "That's nothing that time can fix," he said. "You always want to compete and show 'em up. I've got a lot of good friends on that team still. There's always going to be a lot of competitive fire playing against those guys and I look forward to it every year."