Jason Pierre-Paul unlikely Friday

Updated: August 23, 2012, 6:07 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is not expected to play in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears on Friday because of back spasms.

Pierre-Paul missed practice on Wednesday with his back issue. The defensive end has had back spasms in the past.

"He is not going to play in this game in all likelihood," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I just think it will end up being precautionary based on what we had to do today by not letting him work.

"He would have practiced and played. But the medical people said this would be the best way to go, so we ensure going forward he will be OK."

Osi Umenyiora will start opposite Justin Tuck if Pierre-Paul doesn't play. The Giants have several other injuries they are dealing with. Left tackle Will Beatty continues to be out with a back injury. Linebacker Michael Boley has been out with a hamstring injury, and backup defensive end Adrian Tracy has been sidelined by a hamstring injury. Defensive tackle Shaun Rogers (blood clot) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) are out indefinitely as well.

Cornerback Jayron Hosley (turf toe), defensive tackle Marvin Austin (back) and offensive tackle Brandon Mosley (ankle) will also miss Friday's game. Defensive tackle Chris Canty (knee) and tight end Travis Beckum (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list.

Backup safety Will Hill missed practice on Wednesday because of a death in the family but is expected to play against the Bears.

Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Follow him on Twitter »  Ohm's chat archive »

SPONSORED HEADLINES

EDITORS' PICKS

  • Hitless In The Citi
    The Mets have been held hitless by Aaron Harang in Queens through six innings.
  • Role Reversal
    The Yankees' makeshift infield boosted the team and CC with a triple play.
  • Complete Control
    The Rangers dominated the Flyers in Game 1 thanks to superior stickhandling and skill.
  • Bracing For The Worst
    Mike Woodson's fate will likely be announced next week -- and he's expecting bad news.
  • You Gotta Be Kidding
    Jason Kidd bristled over speculation the Nets tanked to face the Raptors.

MORE NFL HEADLINES