Tuck and Beckum Questionable For Sunday

DE Justin Tuck practiced, but is probably a gametime decision for Sunday with a slow-healing stinger. And TE Travis Beckum pulled himself out of practice with a sore hamstring. Not good.

Think Tom Coughlin is sleeping well these days?

"How am I sleeping?" Coughlin asked the media Friday. "Not too good."

No wonder. Not only has he had to watch half his defense go down during the preseason, including star CB Terrell Thomas, but now he's got two more starters who may have to sit out Sunday's opener in Washington.

Justin Tuck, the defensive end and captain the Giants absolutely need up front, participated in limited practice Friday but looked anything like a person ready to perform at top speed. He moved well enough, but the light practice gave Coughlin no indication that he'd be a go for Sunday.

"I am sure he was still cautious but he went out and played," Coughlin said. "We were in shells so it was a lot of hand to hand contact but that was about it. He did go out and he did practice and he did run around. He took his snaps."

Tuck didn't stop for the media to comment on his situation, saying only he's "hopeful" of playing.

So, Coughlin now has to look at alternatives at this late date. He already has a rookie in Greg Jones slated at middle linebacker. And he may need another in there if he has to start strongsider Mathias Kiwanuka up front, which would be a logical adjustment.

And if he ever thought the defense would be the extent of his problems, along came Beckum. He pulled himself out of practice with a sore right hamstring. If Beckum can't make it, that will leave Jake Ballard as the only other rostered tight end, though FB Bear Pascoe can also start there. In fact, for sheer block-and-catch combination, Pascoe is an even better option than Beckum, who doesn't block.

Still, the injury bug appears to have hit the offense now.

"Do I think it's pulled?" Beckum asked. "No. But there's something there. And with a hamstring, if you feel something, you don't want to push it because you don't want to make something small into something big."

The injury situation has gotten big enough.

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