JPP sidelined in practice by sore shoulder

Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack during the

Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack during the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys. (Sept. 8, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Everyone raved about Jason Pierre-Paul’s practices last week and it looked as if the defensive end was finally turning a corner in his return from offseason back surgery. But just when he was starting to make strides in the game on Sunday, bringing Terrelle Pryor down for a sack and causing havoc on the line of scrimmage, Pierre-Paul injured his shoulder.

He returned to the game and wound up with the most defensive snaps of any lineman on the Giants, but the shoulder injury was enough to keep him on the sideline for Wednesday’s practice. He was one of five Giants players who did not participate in the workout.

“He’s still sore, but he’s optimistic and so are we,” Tom Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul’s status. Asked if JPP will practice tomorrow, Coughlin said: “I would hope.”

The other injured players who sat out were RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee), TE Bear Pascoe (ankle), CB Corey Webster (groin/ankle) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee). Coughlin said Thomas was getting his usual day off from practice to monitor his knee coming off a third ACL surgery. Jacobs, Coughlin said, could practice on Thursday.

Speaking of practice, the Giants made a change to their practice squad. Defensive back Jawanza Starling, who had been on the Giants’ practice squad since Sept. 2, was signed to the Texans’ active roster so the Giants added linebacker Marcus Dowtin to their group. Dowtin was waived by the Bills on Oct. 8 and played three games for the Jets in 2012 when he had two special teams tackles.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul , Tom Coughlin , Giants

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