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Tuck Says Umenyiora Situation 'Could Go Either Way'

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New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck has recently been asked repeatedly about unhappy teammate Osi Umenyiora. He has also often been asked in recent months about Rex Ryan and the New York Jets. He was asked about both subjects recently during an appearance with Joe and Evan on WFAN in New York. Here is what Tuck had to say, courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews:

How do you see the Osi Umenyiora situation getting resolved? Do you see Osi playing in New York this season?

"I honestly do not know. I know in his heart he would love to be back here. We all understand it is a business and he has to do what is best for him and his situation. I’m just wishing that hopefully he will end up being a Giant when it’s all said and done. As of right now it could go either way. I mean we really do not know."

In the event that Osi Umenyiora doesn’t come back to the Giants do you guys have enough to pick up the slack?

"Definitely. Obviously you can’t replace a talent like Osi, but if he’s not here Jason Pierre-Paul is making huge strides. We all know what Mathias Kiwanuka can do at that position, so I mean yeah we feel confident in those two guys being able to step up and hold their point."

Are you looking forward to playing the New York Jets to shut up Rex Ryan a little bit? Does it anger you that Rex talks so much?

"It really doesn’t. I know where Rex is coming from. I had an opportunity to spend time with him before he started talking. I know what kind of person he is, so it doesn’t really anger me much. I’m going to definitely shoot to beat them on Christmas Eve obviously, but he is that type of coach he’s going to say a lot of things to get his players ready to play. You give him credit its worked for them. They did a great job over there, but the last time I checked in order to be king of a town you gotta have some type of championship and football wise we are the last team to do it in this area."