Justin Tuck would not give many definitive answers about his injuries. He called the issues he is dealing with in his neck and groin “up and down” and declared his status for Sunday’s game as “unknown.”
But there is one thing he is sure of: He does not want to come back and re-injure himself.
“The concern is going back too early like I did last week and having another setback and then not being able to play the week after the bye,” he said of sitting out two practices this week and, most likely, not playing Sunday. “So we’re taking into account all of that. Obviously if I did play on Sunday we would have a play count and make sure I didn’t go over it. You just don’t want to come back too early. If I had sat out the last three weeks like a lot of people were telling me to, maybe I would be playing this week regardless. That didn’t happen and we came back a little too early and had a setback so I’m being punished for that right now.”
Tuck did say right now the major obstacle to him playing is the groin injury. He had a setback with that last week.
“The neck feels pretty good,” he said. “Obviously it’s had about three weeks without any contact. The groin was doing pretty good too until last Thursday.”
That was the last time Tuck practiced. Since then he’s caught some flak from former teammate Antonio Pierce for not playing through his injury. Tuck said he’s gotten nothing but support from current teammates, though.
“You definitely want to be out on the field,” he said. “Being around the guys and seeing them go out to battle and being on that sideline is tough. It is hard, but I have a lot of support from my teammates who tell me ‘When you’re healthy enough to come back, come back. Don’t rush back.’ I guess that’s the uplifting part. But as far as me not being on the football field, that is frustrating not being out there.”