According to Michael Eisen of Giants.com, New York Football Giants' Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul passed his physical and has been removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list by the team today.
By being removed from the PUP list, Pierre-Paul can begin practicing with the team, but it does not guarantee that he will play in the season opener against Dallas on September 8th.
“It’s a big step. I’ve been working hard for the past couple of months since I’ve gotten my surgery. I think I’m going to do good out there. The individual drills that I did (in rehabilitation) were harder than the drills in practice. The trainers were helping me; therefore, I feel more comfortable with myself going out and practicing with the team,” Eisen quoted Pierre-Paul as saying on the Giants' official website.
Since Pierre-Paul was already on the team's roster, there was no need for anyone to be cut to make room for him.
Pierre-Paul had been unable to practice with the team until today, since undergoing back surgery in early June. At that time, his estimated recovery time was approximately 12 weeks, which means his rehabilitation is on schedule.
Pierre-Paul had been experiencing back pain since late in the 2012 campaign, when his sack total dipped to 6.5 from 16.5 in the previous season. Ironically, however, Pierre-Paul was elected to the 2012 Pro Bowl anyway.