Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Giants' Pierre-Paul activated to play Sunday vs. Bucs

Jason Pierre-Paul will make his season debut today when the Giants face the Bucs at Raymond James Stadium, four months after he lost an index finger in a fireworks accident.

The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was added to the active roster Saturday. He played his last game for the Giants in December, recording nine sacks over the last five games for a team-high 12½ for the season.

His return takes place in Tampa, where he spent one season at USF. "I have some roots there," Pierre-Paul, 26, said this week. "And my son will be there, so I'll be playing for him."

He lost his finger, among other injuries to his right hand in the Fourth of July mishap. He was cleared to return to the field last week after rehabbing and working out near his South Florida home.

New York also placed linebacker Jon Beason on injured reserve because of injuries to his knee and ankle.

HARVIN DONE: The Bills placed former Gators receiver Percy Harvin on season-ending injured reserve. He has been bothered by nagging hip and knee injuries since training camp.

BEARS: Running back Matt Forte and receiver Eddie Royal have been ruled out of Monday's game because of knee injuries sustained last week against the Vikings.

DOLPHINS: First-round pick DeVante Parker has been ruled out for today's game, the latest setback in the receiver's season­long struggle to come back from offseason foot surgery.

PACKERS: Starting cornerback Sam Shields (shoulder) and rookie cornerback Quinten Rollins (neck) were downgraded to doubtful for today's game at undefeated Carolina.

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