EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who missed two days of practice last week with a shoulder injury suffered in last week's game, is active for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. It's not a major surprise, since Pierre-Paul returned to practice Friday and seemed to indicate he'd play. But how much he plays this week bears watching.
The Giants were working on a contingency plan that would have moved defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to defensive end to replace Pierre-Paul and played Mike Patterson or Johnathan Hankins at defensive tackle. Because the Packers are starting third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien and the Giants are so focused on stopping Eddie Lacy and the Green Bay running game, it's possible they could use that three-defensive-tackle alignment a lot anyway -- especially if Pierre-Paul is limited by the shoulder problem.
Also active for the Giants is running back Brandon Jacobs, who hasn't been active since he injured his hamstring running for 106 yards in the Giants' Week 6 loss in Chicago. Jacobs' recovery sends Peyton Hillis to the inactive list, as Andre Brown returned from his injury last week to seize control of the starter's role at running back.
Cornerback Corey Webster, who has groin and ankle problems and has played only small parts of two games since Week 2, is inactive once again. So are tight end Adrien Robinson, linebacker Allen Bradford, offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds, defensive tackle Markus Kuhn and of course No. 3 quarterback Ryan Nassib.