Defensive end and catalyst Jason Pierre-Paul is a step closer to being back in the New York Giants’ lineup.
The fourth-year defensive end was taken off the physically unable to perform list Monday and returned to the practice less than two weeks before the season opener at Dallas.
It’s uncertain whether Pierre-Paul, who had disk surgery on his back in June, will be ready for the opener.
‘‘I'm not playing any preseason games and I don’t even know about the Dallas game,’’ Pierre-Paul said. ‘‘I just want try to get better and test it out and see how it is taking on double teams and all that. Right now, there’s nothing to be said about whether I'm going to play come the opener.’’ Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.