Jason Pierre-Paul has become the best defensive end on the Giants this season, which is a good thing for them since it is unclear which other ones they’ll have playing for them on Sunday.
Osi Umenyiora has been ruled out for the third straight week with a sprained ankle and Justin Tuck is questionable with a toe injury that forced him to miss time in last Sunday’s win against the Cowboys. Tuck has been dealing with a variety of injuries this season, leaving him either on the sidelines or at a diminished level of productivity for a Giants defense that has been almost entirely reliant on Pierre-Paul for big plays.
Mike Garofalo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Tuck was wearing a t-shirt in the locker room that read “My Pain, Your Entertainment.” That could be a sign that Tuck is planning on answering the bell against the Redskins despite the injury or, as Garofalo suggests, it could just mean that Tuck enjoyed Russell Crowe’s performance as Maximus.
The Giants should be getting safety Kenny Phillips back after he missed last week with a sprained MCL, but center David Baas and tight end Travis Beckum have both been ruled out.