He still won't commit to playing in the season opener in Dallas and he says he's not even sure how much his surgically repaired back can take in practice.

Jason Pierre-Paul can only tell you this much: He's ready to hit the field. And on Monday he took his biggest step towards a return to action finally coming off the PUP list. More than two months after his June 4 back surgery the Giants activated their most dangerous defensive weapon in the morning — with JPP's permission of course.

"It was my decision to come off PUP" Pierre-Paul said. "I'm going to go out there and test it out be with the team and see how it is."

It's a move that clears the way for JPP to play the role of savior for a reeling Giants defense. The defense has shown few signs of life throughout the preseason and things hit their nadir on Saturday against the Jets when an invisible pass rush barely bothered Jets rookie Geno Smith and the secondary lost its biggest playmaker interception machine Stevie Brown to a torn left ACL.

"We're looking for miraculous things out of JPP" said safety Antrel Rolle. "He's a guy that can definitely give it to us."

Still JPP's sticking to his own personal company line and he's making no promises about any of that.

"I'm not playing any preseason games and I don't even know about the Dallas game" he said. "I just want to try to get better and test it out and see how it is taking double teams and all that. Right now there's nothing to be said about whether I'm going to play come the opener."

The Giants may need their most fearsome pass rusher more than ever right now but he maintained on Monday that he's still taking things cautiously. He called his return from the physically-unable-to-perform list "a big step" but added that there's "no goal" for his return to game action.

He said he plans to practice this week then "come back next week and I'll practice and see how I feel."

"I'm taking it day by day" he said. "I'm not trying to rush back. A back is a serious thing. Back surgery is a serious thing. You can't try to come back too early or you can mess it up even more."