EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Defensive catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is a step closer to being back in the New York Giants' lineup.
The fourth-year defensive end was taken off the physically unable to perform list on Monday and returned to the practice less than two weeks before the season opener at Dallas.
It's uncertain whether Pierre-Paul, who had disk surgery on his back in June, will be ready for the opener.
"I'm not playing any preseason games and I don't even know about the Dallas game," Pierre-Paul said. "I just want try to get better and test it out and see how it is taking on double teams and all that. Right now, there's nothing to be said about whether I'm going to play come the opener."
Having him back a few days before Thursday's preseason finale at New England was welcome news.
"He is our best defensive playmaker, hands down," safety Antrel Rolle said. "I think he shows it week in and week out. With him having the surgery and trying to get back into tip-top shape and tip-top form, hopefully, we'll see a performance that he has never shown us. We are looking for miraculous things out of JPP.
"He's a guy that can definitely give it to us."
An All-Pro in 2011, Pierre-Paul had a subpar 2012 season. After getting 16½ sacks in helping the Giants win the Super Bowl in 2011, he had 10 fewer last year as New York posted a 9-7 record and missed the postseason.