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Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul left the field late in the 2nd quarter with a knee injury.  It appeared to be hurting him quite a bit as trainers checked him out on the sideline.  No word yet on his chance of returning to the game.  Fellow Giants DEs Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka also got hurt earlier, but each returned.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul says he suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss at Kansas City, according to ESPN New York.  JPP reportedly says the injury isn't slowing him at all, but he hasn't been himself anyway since returning from back surgery.  There's still plenty of time for him to round back into form this season, but the general malaise of his D-line group and the team in general doesn't help with the optimism.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul took an ugly hit to his right knee late in Sunday's loss at the Chiefs, but the injury appears minor.  Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that JPP suffered only a bruise when Chiefs TE Sean McGrath rolled up on his lower leg.  The team deemed his return to the game "probable."  That certainly indicates that we shouldn't have to worry about Pierre-Paul's status for the Week 5 meeting with Philadelphia.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul admits that he hasn't been his old self through the 1st 2 games.  The good news, he told reporters Wednesday, is that he has no pain in his surgically repaired back.  JPP is just working back into football form after missing nearly all of training camp and all 4 preseason games.  He called his performance "terrible" against the Cowboys in Week 1 but said he climbed to "average" in Week 2 vs. Denver.  “So I am improving, and that includes improving in practice,” he said, according to The New York Times. “I’m doing some good things; I’m just getting to the quarterback a second late.  Hopefully, on Sunday I’ll get there in time."  We're not at all surprised to see JPP start slowly.  That's why we ranked him outside the top 5 fantasy D-linemen heading into the season.  The fact that he's not having any trouble with his back, though, makes him a good buy-low candidate in your IDP league.  We expect to see the old JPP at least by mid-season -- and that guy's awesome.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is active for tonight's clash with the Cowboys.  The star end seems unlikely to start the game, though, and will certainly see his snaps limited as he returns from back surgery.  If you've waited to this point with him in your IDP lineup, then you might as well go ahead and take the chance.  We'd prefer to wait at least a week and make sure he's all the way back before using him.

Updating a previous item, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul doesn't know yet whether he'll be able to play in Sunday's opener at Dallas.  He did say after Monday's workout that he expects to make the trip and know by the time he gets on the plane whether he'll play.  JPP practiced Monday but without pads and said he got more tired than he expected.  Even if he plays Sunday, the Giants likely won't give him a full load coming off back surgery.  You'll have to decide whether you want to take the risk and starting 1 of the league's highest-upside defenders anyway.  We'd prefer to lean on a safer D-lineman to fill that Week 1 lineup spot.

Giants DEs Jason Pierre-Paul and Damontre Moore took part in full-team drills Tuesday.  It was a big step for JPP, who has missed nearly all of training camp following back surgery.  Moore has dealt with a shoulder injury since showing out early in the preseason.  Pierre-Paul won't play in the exhibition finale but appears on track to return for the opener.  We just nudged him up the DL rankings.  Moore, meanwhile, carries some deep sleeper potential into his rookie season -- especially if DE Justin Tuck disappoints for the 3rd year in a row.  At the least, Moore makes for a very attractive dynasty target.  The presence of JPP and Moore would undoubtedly boost the team D as a whole.

The New York Daily News reports that Giants HC Tom Coughlin was "encouraged" by the Thursday workout of DE Jason Pierre-Paul.  “He’s sore today, probably because he hasn’t been running,” Coughlin said Friday.  “He’s not ready to come out two days in a row and do what he did (Thursday), but I’m encouraged by what he did.”  JPP has been out of action since June back surgery.  It remains to be seen whether he'll be ready for the season opener.  But if his stodgy old coach admits he's impressed, then we're optimistic.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul says he's about 75% following offseason back surgery and doesn't yet know when he'll return.  Unsurprisingly, JPP has begun camp on the PUP list.  According to the Star-Ledger, he also called the surgery "horrible."  We'll be concerned about Pierre-Paul until he proves that we shouldn't be.  We have the star DE ranked lower than most outlets for 2013 IDP value.  Check out our DL rankings to see where he sits.  Mathias Kiwanuka gets a value boost as long as JPP remains out.

Giants HC Tom Coughlin said he's not counting on DE Jason Pierre-Paul getting back in time for Week 1.  "I'm hoping, but I wouldn't say that," Coughlin told the New York Daily News about JPP's chances of playing in the regular-season opener.  "That's an aggressive position to take."  Pierre-Paul's recent back surgery carries an expected 12-week recovery.  Doctors said he should fully recover.  Fantasy football owners should expect to miss one of the top IDP linemen for at least the 1st couple of games.  After that, we'll see how effective he is.  JPP will carry an uncomfortable amount of risk at draft time.  Mathias Kiwanuka would figure to be next in line to start in JPP's place.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had back surgery Tuesday morning to deal with a lingering injury.  ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that JPP played through the injury in 2012 and had multiple epidurals during the season.  Pierre-Paul said they decided to go for the surgery when the pain didn't go away this offseason.  He's expected to be ready for the season, but it's not clear how much prep time JPP will have.  That's particularly concerning when you consider that HC Tom Coughlin accused the player of arriving at camp out of shape last summer.  (Pierre-Paul refuted that.)  His back issues also date back to college.  New York's starting right DE dropped to just 6.5 sacks last season after busting out for 16.5 in 2011.  Expect JPP to drop down our preseason rankings a bit on this news.  We'll be watching throughout camp to reassess his fantasy football value as an IDP.

Giants HC Tom Coughlin told the New York Post that DE Jason Pierre-Paul hit training camp overweight in 2012.  Coughlin said that the team got into the 2nd half of the schedule before JPP had returned to his ideal 275 pounds.  It's tough to say just how much that impacted the player's performance, but Pierre-Paul fell way off his 2011 pass-rush production.  His sacks dropped from 16.5 to 6.5, and Pro Football Focus counted 55 total QB disruptions.  That's not a terrible number, but it's not nearly as good as the 72 JPP generated in 2011.  He also dealt with back trouble in 2012.  You should expect Pierre-Paul to get into better shape from the start this time around, especially now that his coach has publicly called him out.  Unless he comes down with chronic offseason laziness, JPP should remain an annual top IDP option in fantasy football drafts.

The Giants will have DE Jason Pierre-Paul and S Kenny Phillips active tonight against Washington. JPP was questionable with a back injury that kept him out of Friday and Saturday practices. Phillips was doubtful, but his aggravated knee is apparently ready for action after all. It's not yet clear whether Phillips will start. Stevie Brown remains a decent upside IDP. JPP can be started as usual.

Giants S Kenny Phillips said his aggravated knee injury would be good to go. Apparently his knee has said otherwise. The starting safety is doubtful for Sunday's rematch with Washington. That puts high-upside Stevie Brown back into the starting lineup and into our Week 13 DB rankings. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, meanwhile, missed a 2nd straight day of practice Saturday with a back injury. Word after Friday's missed workout had him likely to play, but JPP is officially questionable. IDP owners should use him if he's active, but we'll have to see.

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has been medically cleared to play against the Patriots. JPP suffered some sort of head/neck injury during the week. He and the team said it wasn't a concussion, but he did undergo concussion testing. He apparently passed it just fine.

The Giants will likely be without RB Ahmad Bradshaw and WR Hakeem Nicks when they face the Patriots on Sunday. Both players are officially doubtful for the game, Nicks with a hamstring injury and Bradshaw the cracked bone in his foot. D.J. Ware becomes relevant with Bradshaw out, while Brandon Jacobs will be in line for the primary workload. Nicks' absence helps Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz against the D that leads the league in most catches and yards allowed to WRs. On the defensive side, DE Jason Pierre-Paul is questionable with what's being called a neck injury.

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