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Decision on Jason Pierre-Paul to come Saturday



The Giants will decide tomorrow whether to activate Jason Pierre-Paul for their game Sunday at Tampa Bay.

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"The decision with JPP, everything is positive, we're not going to make that decision (today)," coach Tom Coughlin said. "Tomorrow. we'll have a brief workout and we'll go from there. I've been pleased with what I've seen this week."

Pierre-Paul has been a full participant in practice all week. He said on Wednesday he would like to face the Bucs, but the decision rests with the team's medical staff.

"He's done everything we've asked him to do, and we're very positive about it," Coughlin said. "But tomorrow we'll just work out in the morning, we'll tell you."

The Giants were granted a two-game roster exemption for JPP when he signed his contract and reported last week. The game Sunday would be the second under the exemption. If the Giants activate Pierre-Paul, they must remove a player from their roster.

If Pierre-Paul does play, it's uncertain if he will start or play as a reserve, whether he will be fulltime player or a situational pass rusher. Coughlin said it's wrong to assume JPP will be forced into a specialized role because he hasn't yet played.

"It may be in a role that you may have an idea of how many snaps you want him to have," Coughlin said. "He obviously has played many, many years in all circumstances, so I don't think necessarily that's true."

•  The Giants today declared five players out of the game Sunday at Tampa Bay: cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral), linebackers Jon Beason (ankle/knee) and J.T. Thomas (ankle), tight end Larry Donnell (neck), and wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf).


Amukamara will miss his fourth consecutive game, Beason his fourth of the season and second in a row, and Thomas will sit out his second straight game. Donnell has played in 40 consecutive games since the start of the 2013 season. Cruz has yet to play in a game this year.

Amukamara practiced on a limited basis this week, but is not ready for game action.

"He needs more time," Coughlin said. "This was to get him going and to be able to give him a week where he could maneuver and cover and so on and so forth, without any real contact. He's had a nice week of that and we'll continue."

Three players are questionable: wide receiver Rueben Randle (hamstring), linebacker Uani 'Unga (neck) and cornerback Leon McFadden (groin).

Three more are probable: guard Geoff Schwartz (ankle), running back Orleans Darkwa (back) and safety Craig Dahl (neck).

•  The Giants lead the regular-season series with Tampa Bay, 12-6. They have a four-game winning streak in the series, including a 24-14 victory in a 2007 NFC Wild Card Game. The Giants also won regular-season games vs. the Buccaneers in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

This is their first meeting since Sept. 16, 2012, when the Giants rallied in the second half to defeat Tampa Bay, 41-34. Eli Manning threw for a career-high 510 yards in that game. The Giants last visited Tampa on Sept. 27, 2009, when they won, 24-0. It remains their most recent shutout. The Giants are 5-5 in regular-season games at Tampa Bay.

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