Jason Pierre-Paul will have surgery on his back today in Los Angeles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
JPP will likely begin training camp on the physically unable to preform (PUP) list.
He is expected to be ready for September.
Update – 12:56 p.m.: The Giants announced that the procedure was successful.
“Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months,” Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services, said. “Last week, he was examined by Dr. Russell Warren and Dr. Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. We expect a full and complete recovery.”
“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” Pierre-Paul said. “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.”
John Fennelly, Lead WriterThis is not a surprise. JPP has had issues with his back for some time now. As a rookie at minicamp, he shortened his initial workout due to a mystery back pain.
Measures have taken in the past to help quell the condition, but the team medical staff has most likely reached the stage where they no longer can contain the problem.
From SNYGiants insider Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:
Back injuries have plagued JPP since he was in college at South Florida. But usually when the injury squared up during spring drills or summer training camp it was only a one or two day thing.
That’s what JPP hoped would happen this year, according to a source. However, he was unable to manage the pain this time around and opted to have surgery instead.
Without JPP the Giants are alarmingly thin in their defensive and rotation. With Osi Umenyiora now in Atlanta, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka are the starters. Untested Adrian Tracy and third-round pick Damontre Moore are the top backups for now.