Justin Tuck snapped back at former New England Patriots safety and NBC commentator Rodney Harrison for comments he made about Tuck being on “his last legs” in the wake of the Giants dismal 1-6 start. Harrison was highly critical of the play of Eli Manning and of Tuck in an interview with The New York Times last week. A smile creased Tuck’s face when Harrison’s name was brought up.

“I can say this, with the utmost respect for Rodney Harrison, 'We don’t care,’” Tuck said on Friday during a gala at Cipriani in Manhattan for coach Tom Coughlin’s Jay Fund Foundation to benefit families of children with cancer. “We don’t care what anybody outside of the locker room says.”

Harrison has joined a growing legion of critics who have panned the Giants for their wretched start.
“I don’t know if they’re sitting back shining their Super Bowl rings too much at home, but they’re certainly not a good football team now,” Harrison said in the story. “Eli, he’s your main guy, and he’s playing terrible. On defense, Justin Tuck? He’s on his last legs.”

The 30-year-old Tuck, in his ninth year, had a bounce-back game on Monday in the Giants' 23-7 win against Minnesota, recording four tackles and a sack and three quarterback hurries. Tuck also defended the slow start of fellow defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul, who is still working his way back from back surgery and admitted on Thursday that he won’t be totally healthy until next season.

“JPP knows his body,” Tuck said. “We all know what kind of player he’s capable of being when he’s healthy and he seems to be getting back to it a little bit, so obviously with that back surgery, you’re not going to be the same player. Hopefully as the season progresses he’ll start to get healthier.”

Mara relieved by win: Giants co-owner John Mara told the Daily News “it was a big relief” when the Giants beat the Vikings on Monday. But he was particularly restrained in discussing the team’s future beyond that game.