As Justin Tuck’s frustration over his lingering neck injury mounts, a window is appearing for him in the next several weeks. The Giants play the Seahawks and the Bills at home before their bye week, a span that could provide Tuck with a chance to rest his injury for four weeks (he didn’t play on Sunday against the Cardinals) and be ready for the second half of the season.
“That sounds like the smart thing to do,” Tuck said with resignation Thursday, admitting that he is considering such a plan. “We’ll see. I don’t know … I’d rather be healthy now, but there is no guarantee that if I sit out to the bye week I’d be healthy the rest of the season. You have to go on how you’re feeling that day. That’s why they call it day to day.”
Tuck, who was limited in practice Thursday, was just as limited with the media in a brief session. At one point he was asked how frustrated he has become with the injury that has been bugging him since Aug. 29.
“Look at my face,” he said with a stare, “and you’ll answer that question.”
Tuck did say he’s trying out some new equipment. He has tighter-fitting shoulder pads with a neck roll on the back to give him more support. He’s also changed facemasks, going with one that has more bars across the front to prevent offensive players from grabbing it. Although he did not say so, Tuck apparently suffered a setback in the Eagles game when a player grabbed his facemask. The day after the game he said that players were going after his injury.
“I think a lot of teams know I have been having a little issue with it,” he said on his weekly spot on WFAN on Sept. 26, the day after the Eagles win. “I don’t want to be Michael Vick here but they are kind of going at my head a little bit too.”
Thursday he explained that that is “part of the game.”
“I would say this: When you get a game where you feel like you’ve got an advantage in a situation, you try to exploit that,” Tuck said. “That’s what teams are doing.”