Peppers is officially listed as questionable. The Giants, though, trotted their starting strong safety and special teams captain out for a Zoom videoconference with New York media on Friday. It seems unlikely they would have done so if Peppers was not going to play on Sunday.
Pepper stuck to the players don’t talk about injuries party line that head coach Joe Judge demands.
‘I’ve been taking it day by day. The trainers have a good plan for me. I’m just sticking to the plan,” Peppers said. “It feels good to be back out there at practice with the guys, get moving around, get the blood flowing a little bit.”
Judge explained his rationale for when a player returns from injury.
“To me, it’s always more of a question in terms of not necessarily the reps, it’s more of a question of if we put a guy on the field, can he get hurt worse? To me, it’s a difference in tolerating pain, and that’s a player’s decision, and can he get hurt worse,” Judge said. “If he can injure something worse or any player can, that to me is when we have to step in as coaches and trainers and make a decision for him.”
The only Giant who is out for Sunday is edge defender Oshane Ximines, dealing with a shoulder injury suffered last Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
Safety Adrian Colbert (neck) and edge Kyler Fackrell (neck) are both listed as questionable.
For Dallas, center Joe Looney (knee) and left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) are out.