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DE Justin Tuck Interview


Q: What have you seen from Osi so far this week?A: I think he needs another week?

Q: Are you kidding?A: Only Osi knows his body, but I don't think he's 'Old Osi' yet. But he wants to play.

Q: Are you guys ready to go?A: No, but we don't have to be ready to go yet. We don't play until Sunday night.

Q: Are you being serious that Osi shouldn't…A: I just wanted to give you all something to talk about. That's all.

Q: What can he do?A: You'd have to ask Osi what he can do.

Q: What do you think he can do?A: I don't know. I guess we'll find out in the game.

Q: Do you think what you did last week in overcoming injuries inspired Osi to play?A: No, I don't. I just feel as though a high ankle sprain is something you don't really want to play with until it's ready. I think it's feeling a little better and he wanted to give it a go.

Q: How long does it seem to you since you've been in the playoffs?A: It seems like years, which it is years, but it seems like a lot longer than it actually has been.

Q: Is that a driving force to win this game?A: I would hope so. Obviously that's why we play, to get an opportunity to play for the Super Bowl. To have that opportunity, you have to make the playoffs.

Q: With Osi back, is there an added fire that we'll see?A: I hope so. I keep telling y'all I can't tell the future. We'll see what happens on Sunday. It is encouraging to have all of us playing or appear to be playing.

Q: What did Romo do the last time you faced him? What stands out?A: He had a big game. It stands out that he was a good quarterback before we played him and he was a good quarterback when we played him. I don't think he did anything different from what he's been known to do. He made the throws that were there and in some cases he created when they weren't. That's what we expect from him and that's one of the reasons why he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

Q: How can you contain him?A: By containing him. That's the best way to contain him. He has a knack of knowing where the holes are. You send guys to the left and try to bait him to the right, he steps up to the middle. You just can't get caught up in thinking about containing him. You just have to rush like you normally rush and let our instincts take over. When you start thinking too much you get rocked.

Q: These last weeks, can they turn a bad season into a good one for you?A: Sure they can. Obviously most of the time in this league it's all about what have you done for me lately. Hopefully I can have a good end to the year.

Q: It looked like your energy and efforts were a spark for the team.A: A lot of people told me that, but you just try your best to be humble about it and the gifts God has given to you to play this game. That's all I try to go out there and be. I don't get caught up in putting my foot in things. Whether it's true or not, just go out there and try to give your all and lay it on the line and be all in. Somehow or another it seems like things work out for the best when you do that.

Q: How frustrating is it to not be able to play the way you were playing?A: It's frustrating. I think I let the frustration get to me earlier in the year, but at this point it is what it is. Like I said, just go out there and give what you have. If you are 100 per cent, give 100 per cent. If you're 70, give 70. Nobody is making any excuses for us. At this time of the year everybody is kind of banged up.

Q: Do you feel fortunate that you got mentally right at this time of the year?A: Definitely. We lost four in a row and still owned our own destiny. In this league, that's fortunate. We know we are fortunate to have the opportunity we have and we're just trying to take advantage of it.

Q: Is 80 snaps too much?A: No. Not at this time of year. At this time of the year what are you saving for? You don't have too much to save it for. You can save it and go home.

Q: But Osi's presence could take that number down?A: That's the ideal, but again, if we have 90/100 snaps this week then we have to do it.

Q: What do you think when people react the way they do when you say you hate the cowboys?A: I'm very amused by it. What am I supposed to say? I love the Cowboys? According to D Ware I wish I played for them. C'mon man. You all ask questions that have obvious answers to them and when I give the obvious answers people look at you like you're crazy. That reminds me of the Eli 'elite' question. What is he supposed to say? I suck or I'm not in the category of the best quarterbacks in the league?

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