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Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during OTAs at Timex

Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during OTAs at Timex Performance Center. (May 22, 2013) Credit: Mike Stobe

Jason Pierre-Paul did not look like a person who underwent back surgery this summer and could miss the start of the regular season. He was doing some running on the fields at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center today and seemed to be pain-free and moving at a decent clip.

Still, the Giants put him on the physically-unable to perform list to start training camp.

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Tom Coughlin said that Pierre-Paul, Chris Snee (hip, Henry Hynsoki (knee), Markus Kuhn (knee) and Terrell Thomas (knee) will start the preseason on the list. Here’s your annual refresher course on what that means: They are unable to practice with the team until they come off it, which can happen at any time in the preseason. Once the regular-season begins they must either come off it or stay on it for at least the first six weeks of the season. After six weeks the player has a three-week window to start a three-week window to return to practice. At any time the player can be moved to reserve/PUP – essentially injured reserve – and have his season end.

It doesn’t seem like things will get that far with JPP, though.

“He’s done well,” Coughlin said of the star defensive lineman. “He’s worked hard. I’ve seen him the last two days on the machines in there. His weight is good. He’s optimistic.”

There were two other guys who did not participate in the conditioning test today. Jerrel Jernigan was off to the side with what Coughlin called “a little tenderness,” presumably in the hamstring that was bugging him in the spring. And Coughlin said he was unsure why David Baas was off to the side. “Baas has been doing everything, he came in, and he’s in outstanding shape, but they chose to hold him over there on the side,” he said.

There’s a chance that those guys can also land on PUP. The Giants will make the official designations before tomorrow’s first practice.

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