GIANTS' JUSTIN TUCK NEARING FULL STRENGTH FOLLOWING SHOULDER SURGERY
Giants defensive captain Justin
Tuck spent the vast majority of the 2011-2012 battling injury. From a groin
injury to a neck injury, and a shoulder injury to a toe injury, Tuck’s body
seems like a revolving door for every dent and ding one could possibly think of.
At the end of the day (royalties to Antrel Rolle), he powered through and came
away with his second Lombardi Trophy.
New York Giants Justin
Tuck reacts after the game against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17 of the NFL season at
MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on January 1, 2012. The Giants
defeated the Cowboys 31-14 and win the NFC Eastern Division. UPI /John
Alas, offseason surgery was still required and Tuck did go under the knife,
having his shoulder "cleaned out" in mid-February.
"[Surgery] went great, my shoulder feels a lot better than it did during the
season. Pretty much back to being full strength," Tuck said during a WFAN
interview on Tuesday, adding that he was only about 60% during the
Tuck's injuries had become such a distraction at one point that he considered
asking the team to place him on Injured Reserve (IR), but following a man-to-man
talk with head coach Tom Coughlin, he said he got his priorities back in order
and refocused himself mentally. And whatever he did, it worked. His play picked
up considerably toward the end of the season, and he played exceptionally well
in Super Bowl XLVI.
He fully expects to be 100% when the 2012-2013 season begins, and that will
be a huge plus for the New York Football Giants."