The New York Giants received much-needed good news on Friday morning after fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) passed his physical and was removed from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. That good news continued into the early afternoon as head coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that both defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn are "getting close" to coming off of the PUP list as well.
Although the news on JPP was somewhat expected, it's a surprise to hear that Kuhn is so close to returning. His rookie season was cut short after suffering a torn ACL in early November — an injury that usually takes 12+ months to return from. He's now nearing the 10 month mark, so it's safe to say he's ahead of schedule.
What he's returning to however, remains to be seen. On the surface, it would appear the Giants are deep at the DT position with an already fierce battle being waged for the open spots. Kuhn, having missed all offseason activities, training camp and what will be the first three preseason games, has a long way to go to catch up.
Meanwhile, for JPP, a return prior to the regular season shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Even if he's unable to play in week one, there was never any realistic chance (save a setback) that the Giants were going to leave him on PUP and have him miss the first six weeks of the regular season.
Previously, JPP had said he'd return to the field only when he deemed it the right time.
“At the end of the day, you know that the coaches, general manager and the head coach want you out there to help the team out. But it’s on me, like I said,” said Pierre-Paul. “I’m focused on coming back 100% (rather) than being like 85%. You know what I’m saying I know I’m going to be a big factor on the defense, so I’d rather come back 100% and that’s it.”
General Manager Jerry Reese has remained adamant that JPP would be ready by week one.
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