Game three of the preseason is primarily when the coaching staff gameplans for the first time and starters see their largest body of work prior to the regular season. For New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, that will not be the case as he's been ruled out for Friday night's game against the Chicago Bears due to back spasms.
“It’ll end up being precautionary based on what we had to do today by not letting him work," Coughlin said. “He would have practiced and played, but the medical people kind of said this would be the best way to go so that we ensure going forward he’ll be OK."
Osi Umenyiora will get the start across from Justin Tuck on Friday night, and will see most of the first team snaps. However, Coughlin insisted that had this been a regular season game, JPP would have played, no questions asked.
Pierre-Paul had been the center of attention recently after video of him dumping cornerback Prince Amukamara into an ice tub went viral. Although the Giants managed to cycle it out of the news within 24 hours, both Pierre-Paul and punter Steve Weatherford were reprimanded by Coughlin for their role in the incident, which the coach called "inappropriate." Both players have since apologized to their fans.
JPP is expected to return to practice next week.
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