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Tuck playing, but how much? And how well?

Justin Tuck celebrates a late fourth-quarter sack on

Justin Tuck celebrates a late fourth-quarter sack on Miami's Matt Moore. (Oct. 30, 2011) Credit: David Pokress

I don’t know if Justin Tuck has a T-shirt that says “I’m playing today,” but is he does he should wear it today.

Tuck, really the only player who was iffy about playing this week with a toe injury, is active. Of course, “active” is only a state of wearing a uniform. How “active” he will be on the field remains to be seen, especially after last week against the Cowboys when he sat out for most of it and was not a very productive player. He even said there were times when he felt like he was playing on one leg and felt like he was just the fourth guy on a four-man line.

On Friday, Tuck wore a T-shirt in the locker room that read: “My Pain, Your Entertainment.”

Tuck will still be in pain today, I would think. Whether or not we are entertained remains to be seen.

As for those not playing, only two of them are non-injury related. Jimmy Kennedy and James Brewer are the healthy scratches. The others are Derrick Martin (back), Travis Beckum (chest), Mark Herzlich (ankle), David Baas (neck), and Osi Umenyiora (ankle).

No surprises on the inactives list means no surprised for the Giants starters … at least so far. The Giants did not announce Ahmad Bradshaw’s benching until about midway through the first quarter last week, so there is always the possibility of a surprise here. But as far as formal announcements go, Mitch Petrus will start at left guard, Kevin Boothe will start at center, and Jason Pierre-Paul will start at defensive end for Umenyiora.

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