The Giants’ flight left New Jersey for Arizona today will all available players on it, a list that includes Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Hakeem Nicks and Zak DeOssie. The only Giants left behind were the two who had already been ruled out for Sunday's game: CB Prince Amukamara (foot) and WR Brandon Stokley (quad).
The fact that the injured players made the journey points towards them playing. That would mean that Umenyiora would make his first start of the season after missing the first three games recovering from a knee surgery.
“I think that if they take me on the trip I’m going to play,” Umenyiora said on Friday.
Earlier in the week, Tuck said that if he traveled to Arizona he would play. He’s been nursing neck and groin injuries and missed two practices this week.
Although he’s not the marquee name in the group, perhaps the most important player to make the trip is DeOssie. The long-snapper had back issues during the week, but if he is able to play it would mean that the Giants would not have to rely on inexperienced players such as Travis Beckum or rookie Mark Herzlich for their special teams snaps.