Neck injury cloud status of Justin Tuck for Sunday

No neck in the NFL is being more scrutinized than the one sitting on the shoulders of Peyton Manning on the day the Indianapolis Colts quarterback underwent surgery.

But New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has neck issues of his own. He’s got some lingering pain, according to ESPN New York, and he could be forced out of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

Tuck suffered a stinger in the third preseason game against the New York Jets. He was held out of practice today and did a little work on Wednesday.

"Just a regular stinger. ... I've had a few of those in my career," Tuck said. "Didn't think nothing about it."

Now, he’s singing a slightly different tune.

“I am concerned but I am not panicked," Tuck said. "It is getting better but just not as fast as I want it to.
"We are going to do what's best. You don't want to go out there and lose a season off of one game. But if I'm ready to play I will definitely strap it up."

It’s a good thing he knows neck injuries can be serious. Hopefully, he’s feeling better soon.

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