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Justin Tuck: 'Hakeem is fine'

Hakeem Nicks tries to get around Tramon Williams

Hakeem Nicks tries to get around Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers during a game at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Getty

Justin Tuck spoke at today’s NFL Play 60 event at Maxson Middle School in Plainfield, NJ, about how his job description as a captain has changed this season thanks to Antrel Rolle. He said he spoke to Rolle during the offseason and asked him to be more of a vocal, rah-rah type of leader “to allow me to, when need be, go talk to guys one-on-one.”

Well, the need was be-ed on Sunday when Hakeem Nicks was not in the game during a critical moment and pouting on the sideline. Several players approached Nicks and spoke to him – Brandon Jacobs was animated about it, Victor Cruz gave him a quick tap of encouragement – and Tuck made it a point to quietly slide up next to the receiver and whisper a few words in his ear.

So, Captain Subtle, how is Hakeem?

“He’s fine, Hakeem is fine,” Tuck said. “The one thing people don’t understand in situations like that is just how competitive he is. There wasn’t anything selfish. That’s what it comes off as when you see it from the outside, but he’s just competitive and he wants to help the football team out. He knows his talent and we know his talent. It just was a little frustration there but I think he responded well and went back out and helped us win the football game.”

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