Just when Jason Pierre-Paul looked like he was starting to get back to his old self and was feeling confident in his surgically repaired back he has suffered another setback. This time a stinger has reared its ugly head and has limited the New York Giants’ star defensive end to the sidelines during practice this week.
Pierre-Paul declared himself fully healthy prior to last week’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders. However, Pierre-Paul left in the first quarter and had x-rays done which were negative. Pierre-Paul returned in the second quarter and went on to have a decent game, especially given the hard luck he has fallen on over the last two seasons. He recorded just his second sack of the year and contributed four tackles. It was Pierre-Paul’s best game of the year.
Right now, Pierre-Paul doesn’t know if he will play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers but he hasn’t entirely ruled out playing on Sunday but he will not practice on Thursday.
Obviously, the Giants are a much better team with Pierre-Paul on the field. Their pass rush has been among the worst in the NFL with just 14 sacks this year which places them 30th in the NFL. They did, however, record a season-high four sacks against the Raiders which could be a sign of the pass rush finally starting to wake up.
It is no coincidence that as soon as JPP declares he is just about fully recovered from his back surgery and ready to go full out the Giants have their best day getting to the quarterback. Losing JPP for Sunday’s matchup against a Packers team that will be without Aaron Rodgers is a big loss. However, Pierre-Paul hasn’t ruled himself out just yet and there is a chance he will try to play. His presence could be enough to have an impact but he needs to be confident that his health will hold up. If the Giants really believe they can make a playoff push down the stretch they will need a healthy JPP.