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JPP, Nicks on sideline as Giants begin prep for Cowboys

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms to the crowd during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

JPP said there will be blood on Sunday. But will there be JPP?

Probably, but it’s worth noting that the defensive end was not practicing with the Giants on Wednesday, recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of most of last week’s workouts. Tom Coughlin did not seem too concerned about JPP’s absence today, saying that he was just sore, but it’s something to monitor this week.

More of a surprise was the sight of Hakeem Nicks on the exercise bike early in practice. Nicks made some headlines this weekend when he was on the sideline for a key interception that was thrown towards Louis Murphy Jr. and not him, and then had to be given pep talks from the likes of Brandon Jacobs, Justin Tuck and Victor Cruz. He said on Sunday that he banged knees with Packers cornerback Tramon Williams on a pass interference play in the second quarter – perhaps adding to his frustrations that boiled up later in the same drive – so that could be the reason he was sidelined today.

Or maybe he just wanted the company because there was a lot of it on the side. Besides JPP and Nicks, Brandon Jacobs (knee), John Conner (hip), Trumaine McBride (hip) and Terrell Thomas (knee) were all not practicing. The one guy who usually takes a seat on the bikes but was on the field today was Corey Webster. He did individual drills while the media was allowed to watch practice and we’ll find out later whether or not he participated in any team snaps.

Just to circle back on JPP, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week today for his interception return for a touchdown against the Packers. It’s JPP’s third such honor in his career (he was honored in Weeks 14 and 16 of the 2011 season after games against the Cowboys and Jets). Only two other defensive players in Giants history have won the award three times in their careers: Lawrence Taylor (9) and Michael Strahan (5).

Just like the injury area at practice, that’s pretty good company.

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