Giants’ DE Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery in Southern California today to repair a herniated disc in his lower back. He will be out of action for approximately three months, which makes his scheduled return around the first week of September. The Giants open their season Sept 8th vs Dallas.
“Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months,” said Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services as per the team’s website. “He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises. Last week, he was examined by Drs. Russell Warren and Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. Dr. Watkins, after examining Jason yesterday, agreed. We expect a full and complete recovery.”
The Giants naturally will have to monitor his progress this summer, but they don’t have to make any decisions regarding his roster spot until right before training camp. It is then they must decide if he will go on the PUP list or not. If he does, he can be reactivated any time before the finalization of the 53-man roster. If he starts the season on PUP, he must sit out the team’s first six games.
JPP had an off season ion 2012. After racking up 16 1/2 sacks in his All-Pro season two years ago, the former South Florida wunderkind was held to only 6 1/2 sacks in 2012. The back problem surely played a hand in the reduced production, but complacency and malaise are also rumored to have been an issue. JPP is making sure his health is no longer one of them.
“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” said Pierre-Paul as per Giants.com. “The treatment I’ve been doing has helped manage the issue, but this procedure is going to get me fully healthy and there should be no more pain. I’m going to do everything the doctors tell me to do during my rehab so I can be back playing the game I love at a high level as quickly as possible.”