A busy news day at the Giants' facility on Monday. There was a Jason Pierre-Paul sighting, a practice and some revealing - and not so revealing - comments from head coach Tom Coughlin.
JPP flew in from Florida early in the day, had his injured hand examined by team physicians at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan and met with Giants' officials at the team's facility in East Rutherford.
Coughlin said he had no information on JPP, but wouldn't rule anything out, including him playing against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.
"I’m not saying anything," Coughlin told reporters. "Maybe he comes in and he’s in great shape and the doctors clear him right way, he practices two days, and goes and plays. I don’t know, I’m not sure about any of that, but I’m not going to rule that out, either."
The coach admitted that the club needs a "healthy" JPP, emphasis on "healthy." He was asked what it might take for Pierre-Paul to catch up after missing so much time:
"He’s got a lot to catch up with because, in other words, the other thing is I don’t know where he is from a conditioning standpoint; you don’t know how much he has been able to do. He’ll have some time to spend to get ready. I think he’ll come quickly through the football part of it. He’s had an iPad, he’s watched, so on and so forth. Hopefully that part will be, and we’ll be able to get him up to date on that. Of course, the other thing is he’s coming into a game plan situation, so it’s very specific, so he has to learn specifically what his responsibilities are as we get into the regular season rather than the entire playbook."
The Victor Cruz (calf) injury situation is at a standstill. He’s working in the pool and runs on the treadmill underwater, and Coughlin had no update on his return. He said Cruz would likely need a full week of practice once he returns before playing in a game. Cruz was not on the field Monday, so if he's not out there on Wednesday, he's probably out for the Dallas game.
MLB Jon Beason (knee) is on target to play Sunday night. Coughlin said Beason was "excited" but he, himself, remained "hopeful."
DE Robert Ayers (ankle) returned to practice and is expected to play this Sunday. Coughlin said Ayers "looked good out there."
The Giants brought back S Craig Dahl and cut the recently-signed Stevie Brown. Coughlin was asked if Brown had played himself off the club or if Dahl was just a better option right now.
"We didn’t have as much time as we would like, obviously," Coughlin said. "I wish we had more time in the preseason to work with (Brown), but we just felt at this time it was the right thing for us to do."
Dahl is a better special teams player, something the Giants have valued in all of the players they brought in this summer. But it was Dahl's familiarity with defensive coordinator Steve Spagnoulo's that gave him an edge:
"We looked at him, obviously, on tape and so on and so forth, the fact that he’s played back there, he’s a veteran, he knows the system, and he can communicate well," Coughlin said. "He’ll have a few bumps in the road just to get going, but he’ll know what we’re doing and he’ll get us lined up."
The Giants added two more players to the practice squad: TE Will Tye, who was waived last Tuesday, and DT Montori Hughes, waived by Indianapolis on Saturday. They now have eight players on the practice squad and have room for two more.
DT Louis Nix and DB Asa Jackson, who were awarded to the Giants from waivers Sunday, were not in attendance at Monday's practice.