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Tuck hopes sideline time helps

Justin Tuck of the Giants on the sidelines

Justin Tuck of the Giants on the sidelines against the Detroit Lions at New Meadowlands Stadium. (Oct. 17, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

Add another injury to Justin Tuck’s medical records.

The defensive captain said there are times he’s on the sideline during games and wants to get into the action so badly he bites his tongue. Literally. Not as in “I bit my tongue” to keep from saying something. He chomps down and bites his tongue.

When he’s not piercing flesh in his mouth, though, Tuck is watching the game carefully.

“I’m just a coach,” he said. “It’s paying attention. Probably about the second quarter my job is to look at the tackles and tell our ends what I see, try to yell out run or pass from the sideline. I’m pretty much JPP’s coach. I should be credited with at least five of his sacks.”

Tuck said the experience may actually be beneficial to him when he does return to action.

“You see some things on the sideline at that level that I normally wouldn’t see when I’m playing the game,” he said. “When I’m out there you’re so in tune with just one thing that you don’t see the big picture. Me being on the sideline, I’ve gotten to see how things develop and stuff like that. Hopefully this is something I can put in my game when I get back.”


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