Tuck admits car accident left him banged up

Justin Tuck needed just four words to sum up his feelings after the Giants finished the 2010 season with 10 wins but without a playoff berth.

“I feel like crap,” he said.

Tuck said was obviously upset over the Giants missing the playoffs for the second straight year. But the defensive end also revealed that he was banged up physically from the Friday night car accident he and his wife were involved in on Route 4 in Teaneck, N.J.

“I already had a chest issue. The air bags deployed and that kind of aggravated that a little more,” Tuck said on Sunday evening after the Giants’ 17-14 win over the Redskins left them on the outside of the playoff picture thanks to Green Bay’s 10-3 win over the Bears.

Tuck also said the accident caused nagging injuries in his knee and shoulder to flare up. The injury was described as minor at the time. A Giants spokesman said that Tuck said he was feeling fine as he boarded the train to Washington on Saturday.

Tuck said his car, which was reported as a Cadillac Escalade, was hit by a Nissan Maxima on Route 4. He said the Maxima caused his car to careen into a merging lane and hit a cement wall.

“I was banged up before the accident so the accident obviously didn’t help. But you know, you go play,” said Tuck, who finished with one tackle against the Redskins.

He said his wife Laura was “fine” after the accident.

“She had a little soreness in her ribs, probably from her seatbelt,” he said. “But she’s a tough gal. She wasn’t crying like I was.”

When asked who was at fault, Tuck cracked, “I’ll just say this -- most Jersey people can’t drive.”

Tuck was on his way to a surprise party. Despite the accident, he still made it early to the party.

Tuck, who was named a Pro Bowl reserve, will have plenty of time to attend more parties now that the 2010 season has come to an end. But he won’t have anything to celebrate after the Giants missed two opportunities to lock up a playoff berth with back-to-back losses against Philadelphia and Green Bay.

“We came out here for a win and got a win, but um, we had opportunities to seal our fate and be in the playoffs and we didn’t take advantage of those,” Tuck said. “But you deal with it, and that’s the stinging part.

“If we could have gotten in the playoffs we had the ability to make a run in that tournament. Obviously you try your best to take a positive out of this last week but right now you can only think about the missed opportunities.”