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The defensive end will travel with the New York Giants to Dallas and says he will be a game-time decision.
"I got three days under my belt of practice," said Pierre-Paul, who practiced on a limited basis all week. "And I will go out there, and come game time I will ask the trainer how I feel and see where it is at."
"I have been getting better," he later added. "My back feels strong. Been getting a couple of reps. Feeling good right now. No soreness."
Head coach Tom Coughlin, though, made it sound as if the team will know before game time if its star defensive end will play.
"Whenever we make our minds up ... it is not going to be game time," Coughlin said before Pierre-Paul talked to reporters in the locker room after practice. "We will make our minds up before that. The medical people will have more to say about that I am sure."
Pierre-Paul had back surgery on June 4 to alleviate pain that he played with last season. The team's best defensive player says he is playing pain-free now, but wanted to see if his back will hold up against double-team blocking.
Pierre-Paul traveling with the team is a positive indication of the likelihood of him playing, barring an unforeseen setback. However, he said he has not been on a plane since flying back from Los Angeles this summer after seeing the specialist for his back.
Coughlin said a decision will be made later as to how many snaps Pierre-Paul will play if he is cleared for action.
Cruz control: Wide receiver Victor Cruz is listed as probable, and it appears his bruised heel is ready for game action. Cruz practiced on a limited basis all week. The wide receiver said he was going to talk to the medical staff Friday afternoon to get clearance, but Cruz said he feels strong.
"I am confident," he said. "I feel good, I feel like I am in shape. I feel like the heel is much better. I am not leaning or favoring the other leg. Feels good. I am anxious to go out there and see what I can do on game day."
Cruz said he might test his bruised heel on the turf in the Giants' indoor facility on Saturday morning.
The questionable: Fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) and defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) are also listed as questionable. Both were limited on Friday. Hynoski, who had surgery on his knee during OTAs, said he will travel to Dallas, but it is possible the team will hold the fullback out for another week to be safe.
Here's the full injury report:
C David Bass (knee)
T David Diehl (thumb)
TE Adrien Robinson (foot)
FB Henry Hynoski (knee, limited practice)
DE Damontre Moore (shoulder, limited practice)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back, limited practice)
WR Victor Cruz (heel, limited practice)
CB Jayron Hosley (ankle, full practice)
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