Justin Tuck prematurely apologized if his words sounded slurred. The Giants DE had just set a Guinness World Record in New York City by leading a group of 250 people in simultaneously making Subway club sandwiches to celebrate avocado season. Those were then donated to City Harvest, a food rescue charity. Now, doing this interview with me over the phone, Tuck was eating another Subway sandwich.
“There was a lot of energy, a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to donate 250 sandwiches to City Harvest,” Tuck said. “They took all of those, but now I’m eating another one right now. If you hear my mumble a little bit, that’s what it is.“
Good to know. Man, is he polite. You see a guy on the football field mauling QBs, you think one thing, but Tuck really was nice and polite. Just a kind person. That was clear when I brought up a pertinent development in the NFC East.
Cowboys TE Jason Witten is out for the preseason with a spleen injury, and his availability for the much-hyped opener against the Super Bowl champion G-Men is in doubt. The Cowboys are hopeful he’ll be ready — he won’t have surgery — but no one knows for sure. So… is Tuck hoping one of his most consistent opponents recovers?
Absolutely, he is. Tuck would never want to see another player injured. Except… sounds like he wants to make sure Witten really takes his time getting better. Ya know, maybe return in Week 2. Just, uh, to be on the safe side.
“I’ll say it like this,” Tuck told me. “I wouldn’t mind if he misses our game, but you definitely don’t want to wish for anything but the best for your opponents in the NFL. Jason’s been a staple in that offense in the NFL. We do wish him a speedy recovery. (Pause) Hopefully it comes the week after we play them.”
Tuck laughed. At least his heart was kinda in the right place. Anyway, in all seriousness, the Cowboys are dealing with a rash of injuries, and Witten’s was only the latest. It was similar to the Giants last preseason.
How did they handle it?
“You just gotta have guys that are willing to step up,” Tuck said. “Our GM (Jerry Reese) and his staff do a great job stacking our roster, and not just our ones. We feel confident in our twos. We have starters in our twos. I think that was the biggest thing for, guys came in, stepped up and played great ball while the injured guys were out.“
We’ll see if the Cowboys can do that…