With everything that went down on Sunday, it feels like it has been a lot more than five days since the Giants and Cowboys opened the season last Wednesday night.
However long it might feel, it hasn’t long enough for defensive end Justin Tuck to wipe the bad taste of the 24-17 loss from his mouth. Tuck said he and the rest of the team remain “disgusted” with the way they played against Dallas and said that he felt like the team didn’t play as well as they are capable of playing. Thankfully, Tuck was man enough to credit the team that beat him and the other Giants with winning the game instead of playing the “We Beat Ourselves” card.
“I’m not saying Dallas didn’t beat us, they definitely did,” Tuck said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “They did a lot of things better than we did. But we didn’t play well. In certain situations, we didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game. That’s not to say that if we would have played well we would have won. I don’t know.”
If the Giants are going to get back on track against the Bucs this weekend and in the games to follow, it will help if they have a healthier secondary than they had on Wednesday. They got mixed news at a practice Tuck called “great” on Monday.
Cornerback Prince Amukamara, battling a high ankle sprain, went through a whole practice on Monday after working on running over the weekend. Amukamara said he’s still experiencing soreness in the ankle, although said he was “optimistic” about his chances of playing on Sunday. Cornerback Michael Coe, who started against the Cowboys and left with a hamstring injury, wasn’t able to practice and rookie Jayron Hosley is still being bothered by turf toe.
The Giants also didn’t have safety Kenny Phillips at practice Monday because of a back injury. He’s planning to practice Wednesday, when the Giants will resume their attempt to avoid another helping of disgust.