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Nicks, Tuck to play; Jackson out

Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall reaches for

Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall reaches for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks during the first half of an NFL football game. (Sept. 11, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Justin Tuck will make his 2011 debut tonight.

The defensive end and captain of the unit will be playing for the Giants against the Rams. So too will wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Both important cogs were listed as questionable coming into the game.

Tuck missed the opener with a sore neck stemming from a stinger he suffered in the third preseason game. All signs pointed to him playing this week, from his participation (though limited) in all practices to the team’s decision to waive DE Justin Trattou during the week.

As for Nicks, he was on the field early running routes and looked fine. He suffered a hyperextended and bruised knee against the Redskins last week and was held out of early-week practices, but he was limited later in the week and told reporters he would play.

So the Giants’ two questionables are playing. What about the Rams’ big questionable? Steve Jackson was out during warm-ups and tried to run with his sore quad, but the Rams decided to sit him and he will not play against the Giants. Cadillac Williams will start at running back in his place

Those who are not playing for the Giants: Jerrel Jernigan, Da'Rel Scott, Mitch Petrus, James Brewer, Prince Amukamara, Osi Umenyiora and Travis Beckum. Basically it's the same as last week with new veteran WR Brandon Stokley taking Scott's place among the gameday actives.


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