Giants’ DE Jason Pierre-Paul had an operation on his back to repair/treat an herniated disc on June 4. The timetable for his return was 12 weeks. Today is September 4. That 12 weeks ended yesterday.
So, is JPP ready to return for the Giants? He was out on the practice field Monday and seemed to be able to do everything, but keep in mind it was not a padded practice. The All-Pro DE said he was tired after putting in his first full day’s work in three months.
“I feel great. I feel good, (but) we’re not there,” JPP said Monday. “Ran off tired. I was completely tired. I wasn’t like I expected to be my first day out there, but I feel great.”
Will he play this week?
“I don’t know. Like I said, I’m going against one of the best players in the league, (Will) Beatty; he gets me good. It all depends if I can take on a double team, if I’m ready for that. It’s only been the first day so we’ll see how it goes. We have a whole week ahead of us.”
Tom Coughlin said it’s all about JPP playing catch up after missing the team’s entire training camp:
“He’s got to practice. That’s what that means. Practice every day. Put the uniform on. Play in the pads. See how he feels the next morning. Those are the things that he has to go through.”
To play in the NFL, you’ve got be in your best condition and JPP is still regaining his stamina.
“That’s one of the things we tried to work with today and I think his bursts were good,” Coughlin said Monday. “Now how many of them? I can’t tell you that, but in a short practice like that, it was well spirited and he matched up well and he did what I was worried he would do. There’s no pads on and he’s coming like he’s got them on. So that’s a good sign.”
The Daily News Live panel discusses Jason Pierre-Paul’s status for Sunday’s game, and what it means for the Giants if he can’t play.