Jason Pierre-Paul has said that he is "on track" to play against the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.
The New York Giants defensive end has been recovering from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back during the pre-season, and has been limited during the team's practices this week.
The 24-year-old told the team's website: "I'm still on track. By Friday, I should know if I'm playing or not.
"I've been getting better and better every day. I have to get my conditioning up. That's the main part on my end and my stance is back, but most of all I've been getting better every day.
"I'm just coming off back surgery and I just want to be out there. I haven't played a pre-season game, so if I do play this Sunday night, this will be my first time actually getting out there and showing everybody what I got off the back surgery. So I'm very excited to see if I'm going to make it there Sunday night."
Pierre-Paul made 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble and an interception last season.