Justin Tuck’s name is no longer on the injury report, but that doesn’t mean he’s all healed up.
The defensive captain is still visibly slowed from neck and groin injuries he’s battled through the first half of the season, and it is showing in his production. Sunday’s game against the 49ers was the first time in his career that he started a game and was held without a tackle according to stats on NFL.com.
The last time he had zero tackles was on Sept. 27, 2009 against the Bucs, which was the game after he injured his shoulder (after he was tripped by Flozell Adams of the Cowboys) and was playing a limited role with a very restrictive harness.
There were only two other tackleless games in Tuck’s career, and they came when he was a part-time player: Sept. 10, 2006 against the Colts and Nov. 20, 2005 against the Eagles.