It's never good when a player is injured. But getting hurt the way Justin Tuck did on Sunday night? "It makes me hate the Cowboys a little bit more," Tuck said.
Tuck was tripped by a leg whip from Dallas tackle Flozell Adams in the second quarter of Sunday's game, falling and injuring his left shoulder. Wednesday a league spokesman said Adams would be fined $12,500 for a pair of leg whips in the game: one against Tuck that drew a penalty and another that went unflagged against Osi Umenyiora in the fourth quarter.
Adams also was fined $5,000 last week for hitting an opponent in the head against the Buccaneers.
What did Tom Coughlin think about the Tuck play? "What do you want me to think?" he asked. "It was a foul, a flagrant foul."
Adams disagrees. He told reporters in Dallas that it wasn't his leg whip that caused Tuck to hit the ground but Tuck's poor balance.
"He said he hurt his shoulder. I'm like, well, stay up," Adams said. "That's all I know. He fell down. Stay up."
Tuck called the play "bush league" Sunday night and Wednesday said he stood by that description. He also said he heard about Adams' remarks.
"Normally, people go to the Pro Bowl for blocking people, not tripping people, so maybe he should keep his feet on the ground," Tuck said. "We're not going to get into a war of words here, we are going to let it be what it is, and I'll see Flozell when we play them again."
Dec. 6, to answer your question of when the teams and players face each other again, by the way.