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Downtrodden Tuck raises questions about Sunday

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck during a game

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck during a game against the Falcons in 2009. Credit: Joe Rogate

If body language were an accurate indicator of playing possibilities, Justin Tuck would be done for the year.

The defensive captain who is nursing a toe injury slumped out to the practice field today, hands in his sweatpants pockets, shoulders hunched. When he got to the stationary bike station where other injured players were pushing pedals, Tuck plopped down and sat on a blocking pad with his back against the glass wall of the field house.

How that translates to Sunday, we don’t know. But yesterday it sounded like Tom Coughlin expected Tuck to be practicing this week – most likely today – and playing against the Redskins. That certainly looks to be in doubt at this point.

As for the other injuries, there were no changes from Wednesday. Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) and Kenny Phillips (knee) were limited yesterday and were participating today. David Baas (neck) was doing some stretching and light running yesterday, and did the same today. Travis Beckum (chest), Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), Derrick Martin (back) and Osi Umenyiora (ankle) were on the bikes (which I suppose is an upgrade for Osi and Beckum who weren’t near the field yesterday). Mark Herzlich (ankle) was still not spotted at practice.

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