Jason Pierre-Paul ruled out

Updated: December 1, 2013, 12:07 AM ET
By Dan Graziano | ESPN.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The shoulder injury that kept New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul from practicing all week will also keep him from playing in Sunday night's game against the Redskins in Washington.

On Friday, the Giants announced that Pierre-Paul -- along with running back Brandon Jacobs and cornerbacks Trumaine McBride and Corey Webster -- have officially been ruled out for this week's game.

"He definitely was not himself last weekend, and there are obviously some things to deal with from the standpoint of the injury," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul, who played fewer than half of the Giants' defensive plays in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys. "This is an injury, and he's dealing with it, and he really had a tough week. He wasn't able to do the things he wanted to do in the game, and it carried into this week."

Pierre-Paul injured his shoulder in a Week 10 victory over the Oakland Raiders. He returned to that game and played the following week as well, returning an interception for a touchdown to help seal a victory over the Packers. But Coughlin said earlier this week that the shoulder injury was something likely to bother Pierre-Paul for the rest of the year, and it appears his status for any and all of the Giants' remaining games is at least in question.

The Giants could use defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins some at defensive end in Pierre-Paul's place. His absence also likely means more snaps for Mathias Kiwanuka and possibly rookie Damontre Moore at defensive end.

Webster has played only in parts of two games since injuring his groin in Week 2, and he's now dealing with an ankle injury that will keep him out again. McBride, who was elevated to a starter's role in Webster's absence, has a groin injury that he said was getting better, but he's been unable to practice this week. Those injuries leave the Giants with only four healthy cornerbacks -- Prince Amukamara, Terrell Thomas, Jayron Hosley and Charles James.

Jacobs' knee injury likely elevates Peyton Hillis to the backup running back role behind starter Andre Brown.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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