Justin Tuck was unaware of Antonio Pierce’s comments when he was asked about them in the locker room today. He was quickly briefed by reporters and said that if Pierce has anything to say he should get Tuck on the phone.
At some point between that statement and his weekly appearance on WFAN at around 5 o’clock, the two did communicate by phone. It’s unclear who called whom, but Tuck said there is “no question” he told Pierce that he did not appreciate his comment.
“In a way he’s completely right, in another way he’s completely wrong,” Tuck said. “I’m the captain. I need to be on the football field. I can’t be on it to help this football team right now. Maybe he should check his facts about what my injury is.”
Tuck had his own jabs for Pierce. “I can definitely remember him missing some football games,” Tuck said.
As for his injury status, Tuck said it is “both equal” the groin and neck that are keeping him out. He said he had a setback in practice on Thursday, but did not make it clear which injury had the setback (Tom Coughlin said it was the groin when asked on Friday). Tuck laughed at the idea that he did not play because he and the Giants figured they could beat the Seahawks without him on the field, and he would not say whether he will play on Sunday against the Bills.
"I have played many games hurt and we didn't probably stand to gain or lose anything," Tuck said. "When I am able to play and help this football team out again, I am going to be on the football field regardless if we are playing the Christian Blind School. It doesn't matter.”
Tuck said the idea now is to get healthy without putting his season in peril.
“Does it require surgery? Right now it doesn’t,” Tuck said (about the neck, I’m guessing). “But if I go out before I’m ready to go it could go down that road. That’s what we’re trying to avoid.”