Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Giants practice report: Progress for JPP?
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul wasn't practicing, but he was out on the field during the portion of practice that was open to the media Wednesday. Pierre-Paul was well off to the side working with trainers, which doesn't sound like much but is actually an improvement over last week, when he wasn't seen at practice at all. Pierre-Paul missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, and his status for this week's game in San Diego is very much in doubt. There remains a possibility that the Giants could shut down Pierre-Paul for the rest of the season (which is only four more games) if he doesn't show improvement this week, but the team has so far resisted that due to its faint-but-not-yet-extinguished mathematical postseason chances.
In terms of other injuries, cornerbacks Corey Webster (ankle) and Trumaine McBride (groin) were both doing some work during the open portion of practice, as was running back Brandon Jacobs (knee). Cornerback Terrell Thomas was getting his weekly scheduled day off for maintenance on his surgically repaired knee, so he was off to the side. And left tackle Will Beatty, while not on the pre-practice injury report, appeared to need some extra stretching work on his back with the trainers before he could join his teammates for practice, so that's something to watch. Beatty had a rough game Sunday in Washington, but I honestly have no idea what their reasonable options are for arranging the offensive line if he were to be injured.
Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who missed the Week 12 game against Dallas with an abdominal injury and was limited in practice last Wednesday and Thursday, was not listed on the injury report and appeared fine during practice.