Coughlin: JPP could practice this week

The New York Giants are officially eliminated from playoff contention, but at this point they are not planning to shut down injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the final three games of the season. That could happen if Pierre-Paul's shoulder injury doesn't show improvement, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on a conference call Monday that the team was still hopeful Pierre-Paul could play again this season, possibly Sunday against the Seahawks.

"JPP feels better, and as of last weekend the thought was that this week he would be perhaps in a position where he might be able to practice and prepare himself to play," Coughlin said. "That's the way the weekend was left, and I don't know anything different just now. But we will assess all of those circumstances."

Pierre-Paul has missed the past two games with a shoulder injury he suffered in a Week 10 victory against the Raiders. He played the following week and won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week Award for his performance in a victory against the Packers, but he played sparingly the following week against the Cowboys and has not played since.