Report: Jason Pierre-Paul will have back surgery today

Helps explain drop off in play last year Brad Biggs

Print This June 04, 2013, 10:48 AM EST

Earlier this offseason there was debate whether or not New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was overweight when he showed up for training camp last year.

Coach Tom Coughlin said it was a problem. Pierre-Paul later disputed that notion.

There was no debating Pierre-Paul’s play slipped in 2012 after a breakout 2011 campaign and now we may know one primary reason why. He has a back issue. Pierre-Paul will undergo surgery today in California, according to Pro Football Talk. The procedure will be performed by Dr. Robert Watkins and the expectation is Pierre-Paul will be ready for the start of the regular season.

The pass rusher had 6 ½ sacks last season, 10 less than he recorded in 2011 en route to a Super Bowl championship. He reportedly played through back problems during 2012 but remember Coughlin didn't attribute that ailment to his performance.

“He didn’t play as well as the year before,” Coughlin said earlier in the offseason. “He was big when he came to camp. There’s not a lot of body fat (with Pierre-Paul), yes, but still.”

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