Injury report: A new issue for Tuck
August, 19, 2013
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Bill KostrounDefensive lineman Justin Tuck has an injury issue of his own to deal with.EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and center David Baas exited Sunday night's game in the first quarter with heel and knee injuries, respectively. Click here for the full story on those two.
But Cruz and Baas aren't the only banged-up Giants. Defensive end Justin Tuck played Sunday night after missing the team's first preseason game because of tightness in his back, but now Tuck has another problem area.
"I guess he’s had all the tests, all I’ve heard is a slight hamstring strain," coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. "But I’m sure we’ll know more either later tonight or tomorrow morning."
On the bright side, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks made his preseason debut as well Sunday night, without incident, catching two passes for 40 yards. Nicks is coming off foot and knee injuries in 2012, and a groin injury early in training camp.
"It felt great to be back out there," Nicks said. "I'm just getting my feet back up under me. I'm working hard to get my timing back to where it needs to be with Eli. My body felt good and it's just great to be back on the field with my team."
Guard Chris Snee also got his first action of the preseason, as he works his way back from offseason hip surgery.
And the biggest surprise of the night was backup tight end Larry Donnell, who came into the game late despite suffering what appeared to be a serious knee injury in practice on Friday.
Donnell was even on the list of inactive players the Giants released a few hours before the game.
"I take my hat off to Larry Donnell," Coughlin said. "He hurt himself the other day in practice. I was afraid of the seriousness; he came back with the ligaments intact but we thought he would be sore. He vowed that he wanted to play, he had the doctors and the trainers with him on the field this morning and he ran and went through a series of exercises and the medical people cleared him to play. So his attitude, really more than anything else, determined that he wanted to play and he did."