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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Injury report: JPP, Kuhn 'getting close'

By Kieran Darcy

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants announced good news Thursday morning, that fullback Henry Hynoski was activated off the physically unable to perform list after offseason knee surgery. (Click here to read more on Hynoski.)

But coach Tom Coughlin revealed even better news Thursday afternoon, when asked if defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee) -- the final two Giants on the PUP list -- were close to being activated as well.

"They're getting close, according to what I hear," Coughlin said following practice.

No offense to Hynoski, who's an important cog in the Giants' offense, but Pierre-Paul is a game-changer on defense. And if he is close to coming off the PUP list now, the likelihood of him playing in Week 1 against the Cowboys is pretty good.

In other Giants injury news, safety Antrel Rolle was back on the field Thursday, although he was very limited. Rolle took a few reps with the first team during defensive drills, but mostly ran on the side. He looked pretty smooth on that injured ankle though.

Cornerback Corey Webster (knee/groin) sat out practice again, as did rookie defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) and wide receiver Ramses Barden (knee). All three did some agility drills on the side.

When asked if he's concerned about Webster's availability for Week 1, coach Tom Coughlin said, "I hope that's long gone by then. We should get two good weeks [of Webster practicing], I think. Next week and the week after, we should be in good shape."

Wide receiver Victor Cruz (heel), center David Baas (knee), offensive tackle David Diehl (thumb) and wide receiver Louis Murphy (leg) also did not practice.

Defensive end Adrian Tracy, who was carted off the field Tuesday because of dehydration, was back Thursday.