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Pierre-Paul wants to return if Giants stay in playoff hunt

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

As long as there is a chance that the Giants can make the playoffs, there will be a chance that Jason Pierre-Paul returns.

"If I can finish the season I will," the defensive end said of playing through the shoulder injury that sidelined him last Sunday. "I will continue to rehab because you never know what might happen. We win out, there's a possibility we can get in. Who knows? If I shut it down and by then my shoulder will be even better than it is now and then I'll be looking stupid."

Pierre-Paul did some work with trainers on a side field while the Giants practiced Wednesday, a development that the Giants took as a step in the right direction toward his return.

"Anything is encouraging if we can get him out on the field," Tom Coughlin said.

Pierre-Paul said he doesn't think his shoulder will require surgery, just rest. And he said he wants to play again this season even though it's been a frustrating year for him coming off back surgery and then dealing with the shoulder.

"I won't be fully back to my natural self until next season," he said. "Everybody knows that, that's no secret . . . Next year when I come back healthy I don't think there's going to be a tackle that can even stop me. Point blank, period."

Look out, Stray!

Justin Tuck came up short of breaking one former teammate's record, but he still has a chance to break another's. Tuck's four sacks against the Redskins were two shy of Osi Umenyiora's single-game team mark even though they were enough to earn him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He now has 6.5 this season.

"Hopefully I go get four more and everybody will be talking about, I don't know, Michael Strahan," Tuck joked of the former Giant's NFL single-season record of 22.5 sacks. "That's the next step up."

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