Justin Tuck may not be completely healthy after all. The New York Giants defensive end sat out practice on Friday while his teammates worked out.
Tom Coughlin said Tuck was just sore and it isn't a concern. The Giants head coach said Tuck was listed as "probable" for Sunday's NFC wild card game against the Atlanta Falcons.
It was the first time Tuck sat out a practice since Antrelle Rolle's call for "all hands on deck" three weeks ago following the Giants loss to the Washington Redskins.
Tuck quietly watched, perched on the stationary bike, while the rest of the team hit the practice field and only had a "no comment" when asked what was ailing him.
An unusually reserved answer from the defensive end.
The defensive captain has battled a laundry list of physical problems all season— including neck, groin, ankle and toe injuries.
In last Sunday's win against the Dallas Cowboys, Tuck appeared to have injured a shoulder but returned to the game and recorded a sack and recovered a fumble.
Tuck has literally put his neck-to-toe pains behind him all season and missing today's practice might just be a precaution.
The Giants are counting on the defensive line to disrupt Falcons Matt Ryan's potent offense and a healthy Tuck is a happy one.
Linebacker Mark Herzlich sat with Tuck on the side and will not play (ankle) on Sunday.
DE Osi Umenyiora (ankle/knee), TE Jake Ballard (knee) and RB Da'Rel Scott (knee) all practiced and are expected to play Sunday.