Usually it's the other way around. It's typically the player who insists he'll be back on the field for the opener and management that pulls back on the reins. In the case of Jason Pierre-Paul, though, the roles have flip-flopped.

After general manager Jerry Reese said on WFAN yesterday that the Giants expect to have the defensive end back for the Sept. 8 opener against the Cowboys, Pierre-Paul dumped the idea in the ice tub as if it was Prince Amukamara.

"I'd say it's not really the doctors' decision no more," Pierre-Paul said. "It's basically on me. It all depends on my recovery and how my back feels and if I can go out there and practice with the team . . . I already know that I'm going to be taking on two guys, double-team, triple-team maybe, so I'm not in a rush to hurry up and come back to put myself in that position."

Pierre-Paul is making progress and has been increasing his running in recent days after back surgery eight weeks ago. But as for the looming deadline of that Sept. 8 game, Pierre-Paul dismissed it.

"It's not important to me at all," he said of coming back for that game. "I already know that the D-line that we have here is going to go out and get the job done . . . They don't really need me out there right now and I'm just going to focus on my recovery. Everything will be all right."

Nicks, Webster return

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After missing the last several practices with groin injuries, WR Hakeem Nicks and CB Corey Webster were both on the field Tuesday. Nicks was limited while Webster appeared to participate fully.

"I would have liked to have done more, but I'm going to stick to what they want me to do right now," Nicks said. "I felt good."

The injury door swung both ways, though. OL James Brewer left early to be evaluated for a concussion and RB Ryan Torain was slow to get up after he was drilled by S Ryan Mundy while carrying the ball. S Cooper Taylor suffered a hamstring strain while TE Larry Donnell rolled an ankle.

Giant steps

DE Damontre Moore defended former Texas A&M teammate Johnny Manziel. Sort of. While Moore had nothing to say about the investigation and reports of Manziel receiving money for autographs and memorabilia, he vouched for the Heisman Trophy winner's character. "He's a really good kid," Moore said. "I think people are being a little too hard on him. But at the same time, it is like my dad always said, 'I don't look at who's right or who's wrong. I look at what you did to put yourself in that situation'" . . . LB Dan Connor is on track to resolve a criminal case for having a switchblade in his luggage at the Philadelphia airport. Connor is scheduled to enter a pretrial diversion program in which his record would be expunged if he stays out of trouble . . . First-round draft pick T Justin Pugh (concussion) did some light running on the field . . . Laron Scott capped practice with a pick of a Ryan Nassib pass in the red zone.