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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Big Blue Morning: JPP not sure he'll play

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants.

The news of the day: Early in the day Wednesday, Tom Coughlin expressed optimism that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul would recover from his shoulder injury in time to return to practice Thursday and certainly play Sunday. After sitting out practice Wednesday, Pierre-Paul said he didn't share his coach's optimism, didn't expect to practice Thursday and couldn't say whether he'd be ready Sunday for the Packers. So you know what the top story line is for us to watch the rest of the week, now, don't you?

Behind enemy lines: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on his conference call with Giants writers Wednesday that "everybody in the building" felt good about Scott Tolzien at quarterback when he went into Sunday's game in relief of Seneca Wallace. This week's practice time in advance of Tolzien's start Sunday against the Giants at MetLife Stadium has folks around the Packers backing up McCarthy's words.

Around the division: The Redskins' offense stalled out and blew a lead last Thursday against the Vikings, which was obviously bad. But in the big picture, Washington's run-driven offense has been good for the past month or so and is the reason Washington is optimistic about its chances to rescue its season from a 3-6 start as it did a year ago.

Around the league: It has nothing to do with the Giants, who don't see the Cardinals this year, but Josh Weinfuss' story on Arizona defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is more than worth your time. Lot of debate about this young man pre-draft, but Arizona took the risk and it appears to be paying off for them.