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Giants news: The return of Jason-Pierre Paul?

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning New York Giants fans! Here are your news headlines for this Tuesday morning.

JPP to "hopefully" return for final four games

According to a source of Bob Glauber, the Giants aren't planning for a Jason Pierre-Paul return until the final quarter of the season.

The Giants remain cautiously optimistic that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who severely injured his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, can return before the end of the season, possibly for the final four games or even longer, according to a league source familiar with the team's situation.

However, this seems to be the Giants best-case scenario as they think JPP won't be able to play if the healing doesn't progress fast enough.

The source added, however, that the team remains realistic about the possibility that a return might not happen this year if further healing doesn't take place. "It's still possible he doesn't come back [this year],'' the source said.

Another interesting tidbit is that the Giants are limited in the amount of times they can meet with JPP until he's back on the team.

According to NFL policy, a free agent can work out for a team twice before agreeing to a contract, which means the Giants could have one more meeting with Pierre-Paul before determining a course of action. The team prefers to wait until Pierre-Paul is closer to being able to play before meeting with him for a second time.

Taking advantage of a soft spot

The Giants are in prime position to separate themselves from the rest of the division in the upcoming weeks. James Kratch of NJ.com lists five reasons why these upcoming games are favorable.

They might not play a team with a winning record: Here's the rundown of the Giants' next five games:
• Oct. 11 vs. 49ers (1-3) (SNF)
• Oct. 19 at Eagles (1-3) (MNF)
• Oct. 25 vs. Cowboys (2-2)
• Nov. 1 at Saints (1-3)
• Nov. 8 at Buccaneers (1-3)

The Niners and Eagles are guaranteed to have losing records when the Giants play them. There is a very good chance the Cowboys will be 2-3 when they come to East Rutherford. Dallas has the undefeated Patriots in Week 5, followed by a Week 6 bye. The Saints may have turned a corner with Sunday night's overtime win over Dallas, but they still have to play on the road in Week 5 at the Eagles before hosting the red-hot Falcons on a short week. Winning both would be asking a lot of New Orleans. And Tampa Bay is Tampa Bay.

Owa Odighizuwa impresses in NFL debut

After missing the first three games with a foot injury, Double O finally made his NFL debut against the Buffalo Bills and earned praise from Tom Coughlin.

"You know what, [Odighizuwa] obviously hasn’t played in quite some time and that was a factor there," Coughlin said Monday on a conference call after the Giants’ 24-10 victory over the Bills. "But he got in there, he mixed it up. He made a really nice play on the quarterback where he kept the ball on the option. He got himself in position a couple of times where he could have been able to apply some pressure perhaps with a little bit better movement to the quarterback and the passing game. He got in there, he got his feet wet."

More Giants headlines

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Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. sets another NFL receiving record | NJ.com

Around the league

Dallas Cowboys fans are starting to sour on their "season of promise." Meanwhile, running back Lance Dunbar will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

But that doesn't compare to Philadelphia Eagles fans anger about the season.

The Miami Dolphins promote tight end coach Dan Campbell as their interim head coach.

Ian Rapoport reports that Andrew Luck is planning to play on Thursday night against the Houston Texans.