Justin Tuck will miss this game.
The Giants’ defensive end and defensive captain will not play against the Redskins today due to lingering issues with his neck. He suffered a stinger against the Jets nearly two weeks ago and was questionable coming into the game, but most thought he would play. He’s not.
Tuck is among the seven inactives for the Giants vs. the Redskins. The others: Jerrel Jernigan, Prince Amukamara (foot), Travis Beckum (hamstring), Mitch Petrus, Osi Umenyiora (knee) and James Brewer are the others.
This means that the Giants will play the game without their two starting defensive ends in Tuck and Umenyiora. They knew about Osi. Tuck, well, they must have had an inkling that he wouldn’t be available. Perry Fewell said on Thursday he would consider it “a bonus” if Tuck played.
What do they do? Tom Coughlin suggested this week that he might consider moving linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka back to defensive end, but that would deplete an already inexperienced linebacker group that is starting rookie Greg Jones in the middle in place of Jonathan Goff. They can move Deon Grant down to linebacker as they did last year, but they need him in the back when Antrel Rolle comes up in nickel packages.
As it is, the Giants’ depth at the position looks like this: Jason Pierre-Paul, Dave Tollefson, rookie Justin Trattou.
There are lots of moving parts in the Giants’ defense right now. How Fewell manages to get them all moving in the same direction will be a big part of how successful the team is today.