Sintim ready to start on Sunday night

Clint Sintim lost his starting spot at outside linebacker in the preseason. He’ll probably get a chance to start on Sunday night against the Bears with Keith Bulluck hobbled by turf toe. It’s a big opportunity in a nationally televised game, but Sintim says isn’t looking at Sunday night as an opportunity to prove to that the coaching staff made the wrong decision in using him as a reserve.

“I just want to play. I’ve said that since Day 1,” Sintim said on Friday. “Hopefully this week will be my opportunity to play. I’m excited and hopefully I’ll take advantage of it.”

Sintim, the Giants second-round pick in 2009, has played in all three games in 2010 and has done most of his damage on special teams, recording all four of his tackles with the unit.

Bulluck is holding out hope that he can suit up on Sunday after missing practice on Friday with a turf toe injury. If he can’t go, he expects Sintim to have an impact against Chicago.

“Clint’s definitely ready to play. He was ready to play when preseason camp started, but coaches saw it differently,” Bulluck said on Friday. “So I think that anytime a player gets in a situation where he was supposed to be a starter and then (he was unseeded) and he gets a chance to play, you can expect some plays to be made, for real.”

The Giants defense will be without LB/DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who is out with a bulging cervical disc in his neck. The team also listed DE Osi Umenyiora as questionable with swelling in his right knee.