EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not participate in the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media. Assuming he doesn't participate in the remainder of the practice, this will be the second day of practice in a row Pierre-Paul misses due to the shoulder injury he suffered in Sunday's victory over the Raiders. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday that he was optimistic about Pierre-Paul's availability for this Sunday's game against the Packers, but Pierre-Paul said later Wednesday that he wasn't so optimistic, and now it's safe to wonder whether the Giants will have him for the game.
Pierre-Paul hurt his shoulder one play after recording his second sack of the season Sunday. He has struggled for much of this season in his return from offseason back surgery, and while the rest of the defense has played well around him, he and the team have said they believed he was on the verge of a breakout. At 3-6 and facing a tough schedule, the Giants need as many of their talented players as possible on the field and playing their best. Losing Pierre-Paul, or having him play at less than 100 percent, would be a blow to their already slim postseason hopes.
The only other Giant not practicing Thursday morning was cornerback Corey Webster, though at this point it would only be news if he did practice. Webster has been dealing with groin and ankle injuries for two months and has only played small parts of two games since Week 2.
Running back Brandon Jacobs, cornerback Terrell Thomas and tight end Bear Pascoe, each of whom missed Wednesday's practice with their injuries, all seemed to be participating Thursday to at least some extent.