Wearing a big mitt over his damaged right hand, Pierre-Paul registered two tackles and, unofficially, had five quarterback pressures and one quarterback hit, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. Pierre-Paul looked surprisingly quick for his first game back, and the hand didn't seem to cause him too much trouble as he beat blockers and pressured Jameis Winston repeatedly. We'll have a better sense over the next few games whether he can be the player he was before the injury, but Week 9 was about as good a start as one could have hoped for.
Pierre-Paul (hand) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccanears,NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. This move shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the Giants seemed pleasantly surprised with his health and conditioning. The real test will come, however, when Pierre-Paul takes the field. He will likely be on some sort of pitch count, but it remains to be seen how much the Giants will use their star pass-rusher considering he's missed the previous eight games.
The Giants will decide Saturday whether Pierre-Paul (hand) will return for Sunday's game in Tampa Bay, the team's official website reports. Pierre-Paul has been a full participant in practice throughout the week, seemingly putting him on track for a long-awaited return. He may eventually re-establish himself as a useful IDP, but he'll likely start off on a limited snap count, assuming he does in fact suit up. The final decision will be made by the Giants' medical staff.
Pierre-Paul (hand) has increased his workload in practice, the New York Daily News reports. On Wednesday, head coach Tom Coughlin stated, "He'll practice today, he'll practice tomorrow. He'll get a good amount of reps and we'll take it from there." Upon signing an incentive-laden contract last Tuesday, Pierre-Paul's activity level has progressed rapidly. On Wednesday, he ran and pushed a sled on his own, but advanced to individuals just one day later. By Saturday, he was in full pads, which has been status quo for him in the interim. Considering where he stands, he's of the belief that he'll play Sunday at Tampa Bay, but even he admitted to Jordan Raanan of NJ.com that "it's up to the medical staff." In order to suit up, he must be added to the 53-man roster, but his pass-rushing chops will be helpful for a unit that has managed an NFL-worst nine sacks this season.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) could travel with the Giants to New Orleans for the Week 8 game against the Saints, per Kimberly Jones of NFL.com. Tom Coughlin wants Pierre-Paul to be "in [an] environment of competitiveness." Typically, Coughlin doesn't allow injured players to join the team on the road, but he appears to be considering an exception to the rule. Coughlin relayed that Pierre-Paul will initially be allowed to take part in the "jog-through" portion of practice, but when individual and team drills commence, he'll work on the side. His season debut remains to be determined.