The hope for the New York Giants is that Jason Pierre-Paul is ready for the season opener Sept. 8 but reality is that might be wishful thinking.
That is about how coach Tom Coughlin summed it up today when asked about the status of the pass rushing defensive end who underwent back surgery on Tuesday to alleviate a problem that plagued him much of last year and through this offseason.
“I don't know that (Pierre-Paul will be ready for Sept. 8 opener vs. Dallas),” Coughlin said, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I wouldn't … I'm hoping, but I wouldn't say that. That is an aggressive position to take.”
The expected recovery time for Pierre-Paul is 12 weeks and that would take him nearly to the first week of the season. Just a minor setback could delay his return. Then, there will be the issue of football shape and how much work he will have been able to accomplish. Ideally, Pierre-Paul would have had the surgery months ago but it is clearly something he was hoping to avoid.
“If anybody can do it, it is him,” Coughlin said. “Anybody that has had a back (injury) knows that that is a very difficult thing to deal with. Nothing feels good. Your whole body suffers under that circumstance. Sometimes it is longer to recover than some other injuries. There is concern, but we are anxious about getting him back here and seeing him and talking to him.”
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