New York Giants: Justin Tuck and 4 Crucial Players Returning After the Bye

Erick Fernandez@erickgfonsportsCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2011

New York Giants: Justin Tuck and 4 Crucial Players Returning After the Bye

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    After a big win against a tough opponent, teams often want to carry the momentum into next week's game.

    The G-Men sure have a lot of momentum after beating the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 16, but because of their bye, they won't have an opportunity to get on the field for two weeks.

    Although some Giants fans are dreading the wait till the next game, many should be rejoicing, because the next time New York takes the field, they will be a lot healthier and stronger on both sides of the ball.

    Here are four players that will take the time to recover from their injuries in order to be back on the field for Week 8 against the Miami Dolphins.

Defensive End Justin Tuck

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    It must be tough when the media criticizes you.

    It must be even harder when ex-teammates, who happen to be in the media, call you out.

    This is exactly what happened to defensive end Justin Tuck. Tuck was criticized by former Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce, and former defensive end Michael Strahan questioned his heart and drive. Pierce went on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, where he said his comments on the radio (h/t ESPN).

    “To me, if you don’t have an injury that needs surgery or is that severe, you need to be out there...And I don’t really know and I don’t want to question guys, but if you’re one of the leaders on the team—which Brandon Jacobs and Justin Tuck are and you say, ‘You know what? The Seattle Seahawks, maybe we don’t need to play this game’ and you miss out, that’s what’s going to bite you in the tail.”

    The Giants' defensive captain has been inactive with a groin and neck injury since Week 2 at Philadelphia, and guaranteed he will be back for the Giants' match up against the Miami Dolphins in Week 8.

    Hopefully, Tuck can provide a spark on a defensive line that has struggled against the run. And hopefully, he won't have to hear anymore criticism from some of his old pals. 

Running Back Brandon Jacobs

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    Running back Brandon Jacobs, like Justin Tuck, is viewed as one of the leaders on the team. That's why Pierce and Strahan thought it was appropriate to call him out, too.

    Jacobs, who has had a history of injuries because of his physical running style, is recovering from a knee injury that sidelined him for the past two games.

    This bye week will give him enough time to rest his ailing knee and get ready for the Dolphins, who rank 12th in the NFL against the run.

    Jacobs has had a very tough year, and Giants fans are hoping that these few weeks of recovery will result in a more explosive run game to help out Eli Manning.

Offensive Lineman Chris Snee

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    Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee also missed the last game against the Buffalo Bills. A concussion that he suffered against the Seahawks prohibited him from being out on the field against the Bills.

    Although the offensive line did a great job protecting quarterback Eli Manning and allowing running back Ahmad Bradshaw to get 100 yards on the ground along with three touchdowns, they will be looking forward to having Snee back against Miami.

    Snee is a seasoned veteran and a staple to the offensive line. As the O-Line continues to improve as a unit, they will need his veteran presence and leadership going forward going into Week 8 and beyond.

Rookie Cornerback Prince Amukamara

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    Prince Amukamara out of the University of Nebraska was the Giants' first-round draft pick earlier this year.

    Prince broke his foot in only his second NFL practice in the beginning of August, and if there is anyone eager to get on the field, it's him.

    He will be finally ready to make his NFL debut against the Miami Dolphins after the bye. Amukamara is happy as anyone else is that he is not missing any more time from his rookie season.

    Although Amukamara is only a rookie, it is presumed that he will provide some more depth to the Giants' secondary that has been decimated with all those injuries.

    With their first-round rookie and the three vets back healthy, the Giants will definitely be a much stronger squad come game day on Oct. 30.