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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul Cleared To Practice

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The Giants' announced today that Jason Pierre-Paul will be removed from the reserve/PUP list and begin practicing following a back operation in June. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.
The Giants' announced today that Jason Pierre-Paul will be removed from the reserve/PUP list and begin practicing following a back operation in June. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images.

Jason Pierre-Paul was cleared to return to practice today and removed from the reserve/physically unable to perform list. Pierre-Paul, who underwent the same back procedure as Patriots star TE Rob Gronkowski in the offseason, has said that he will still sit out the Giants’ final preseason game.

Throughout training camp and the preseason, both the team and JPP himself had been uncertain of when he would be able to return. With the Giants already dealing with injuries in the secondary (once again), the return of Pierre-Paul is a great sign for the defense.

Recently, while speaking with Ebenezer Samuel from the New York Daily News, he said, “I'm not trying to rush back. A back is a serious thing. Back surgery is a serious thing. You can't try to come back too early, or you can mess it up even more.” And rightfully so. The team hasn’t said yet whether he will be ready for Week 1, and they will certainly continue to approach his return to the field with caution. JPP is arguably the most dynamic player on the Giants’ defense, and would be sorely missed if he needed to sit out any regular season games.