Jason Pierre-Paul still seems a long way from returning to action, both in terms of distance and time. The defensive end was about as far from the practice field as a player can be without not actually being there on Wednesday, working with trainers to relieve the pain of a shoulder injury that has limited him for the last three games and sidelined him this previous Sunday.
“Anything is encouraging if we can get him out on the field,” Tom Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul’s mere presence during the workout. Pierre-Paul’s stretching and the rest of the team’s practice was separated by an entire football field at the Giants’ facility.
The fact that Pierre-Paul is making some progress shows that they are probably not going to shut him down for the rest of the season. At least not yet. Obviously if he’s still unable to play in a couple of weeks that could change. But it seems that the Giants expect to have him back with them, actually on the same field, at some point.
As for other injuries:
- Will Beatty needed to have his back stretched out vigorously early in the practice, a routine that included CPR-like compressions on his lumbar region by a trainer, but he was able to return to the workout with the rest of the team by the time drills started.
- Hakeem Nicks was not on the pre-practice report and seemed to be a full participant in the workout.
- Brandon Jacobs (knee) and Trumaine McBride (groin) both went through individual drills.
- Terrell Thomas (knee) took his usual day of rest to manage his return from two ACL reconstructions.
- Corey Webster (ankle) was practicing.