Jason Pierre-Paul Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Recovery from Back Surgery

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Jason Pierre-Paul Injury: Updates on Giants Star's Recovery from Back Surgery

New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is recovering from back surgery he underwent in June.

UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7:02 p.m. ET

From Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8, at 6:58 p.m. ET

From Tom Rock of Newsday:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8, at 12:55 p.m. ET

From Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Sept. 8, at 10:05 a.m. ET

NBC Sports' Mike Florio confirms Jason Pierre-Paul remains a game-time decision for the Giants' regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys:

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s truly a game-time decision, with Pierre-Paul currently on the borderline to play.  His availability will depend largely on how he feels during pre-game warmups.

Likewise, his ability to stay in the game will depend on how he feels once he starts playing.

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UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 6, at 1:35 p.m. ET

From ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2:48 p.m. ET 

From ESPN's Ohm Youngmusik:

From The Record's Art Stapleton:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 2:18 p.m. ET

From the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 1:56 p.m. ET

ESPN's Dan Graziano has an update on Pierre-Paul:

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said before Wednesday's practice that injured wide receiver Victor Cruz and injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paulboth would participate in it.

"They're full-speed ahead," he said. 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 12:50 p.m. ET

Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger gives a bit of information on Pierre-Paul's status:

When asked if he had a sense of where his star defensive end was at, the coach had this:

"I will at the end of the week," Coughlin said.

When pressed further, Coughlin expanded a little.

"Why should I say? He's had a few practices, he's done well with what we've asked him to do," Coughlin said. "He'd like more, we're going to try to accommodate him."

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UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 2, at 10:55 a.m. ET

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:

Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger confirmed Jason Pierre-Paul's participation in today's practice:

Jason Pierre-Paul (back) and Damontre Moore (shoulder) were both with their position groups doing drills. 

Vacchiano then passed along a statement from Giants head coach Tom Coughlin:

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30, at 9:48 a.m. ET

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 8:15 p.m. ET

From ESPN's Kieran Darcy:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26, at 12:12 p.m. ET

From Albert Breer of NFL.com:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26, at 11:30 a.m. ET

From ESPN's Ed Werder:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26, at 11:25 a.m. ET

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 26, at 11:11 a.m. ET 

From the New York Giants:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 22, at 4:55 p.m. ET

In an interview with Giants.com, Tom Coughlin shed light on Jason Pierre-Paul's potential return to action:

Q: Are JPP or Markus Kuhn close to coming off the PUP?
A: They’re getting close, according to what I hear. I’m just listening.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 1:32 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

From Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger:

Pierre-Paul said he's been doing some running lately and that he feels better. During the last time he checked in, he described himself as "75 percent."

When he speaks about the season-opener though, Pierre-Paul continued to emphasize the word ifIf he is ready for Week 1. If he is healthy enough to play.

His most telling quote came when he was asked whether or not he'd need to practice before playing in a game.

"I'm going to have to get a couple of practices in before, IF I decide to come back before the first game or whatever," Pierre-Paul said. "I say this knowing I'm already going to be taking on two guys, a triple-team maybe, I'm not in a rush to hurry and come back to put myself in that position." 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 6, at 11:25 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano:

GM Jerry Reese told @WFAN660 today that "JPP's on schedule. He's looking good. He's running around a little bit. He's going to be out on the field a little more than usual as we move along. We expect him hopefully to be back, ready to go for the Dallas game (in Week 1)."

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UPDATE: Saturday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Conor Orr of the The Star-Ledger has the latest on Pierre-Paul's recovery: 

Jason Pierre-Paul described his back surgery as "horrible" and that, above anything, he doesn't want to rush back and risk further damage.

Right now, he's at 75 percent, with no timetable for a return. There does not seem to be an overwhelming push to make sure that date is somewhere around the season-opener.

"I'm not concentrating on the first game, the second game, the third game the fourth game..." Pierre-Paul said. "I'm just trying to come back when I feel like I'm ready to come back."

He added later: "I can't promise nothin'."

Pierre-Paul said the pain started about two years ago. He didn't know anything was serious until tests revealed the need for a surgery. Among the lingering side effects, Pierre-Paul said doctors told him about a weakness in his right knee.

"When I went to go see the doctor, he told me he had weakness in my right knee, which, I never noticed," Pierre-Paul said. "They ran a couple tests and that's when I realized I had the weakness in my knee."

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UPDATE: Friday, July 26, at 6:15 p.m. by Ian Hanford

New York Daily News reporter Ralph Vacchiano has an update on JPP's status:

Still not even two months removed from back surgery, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will begin Giants training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. But the Giants still remain “optimistic” he’ll be ready to go when the regular season starts in six weeks.
 
“He’s coming,” Tom Coughlin said after watching the Giants take their pre-camp conditioning test. “He’s done well. He’s worked hard. I’ve seen him the last two days on the machines in (the practice facility). (His) weight’s good.
 
“He’s optimistic.”

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Original Text

ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news and indicated that Pierre-Paul should be ready in time for September:

The Giants expect that Pierre-Paul will need 12 weeks to recover, per Michael Eisen of Giants.com. Pierre-Paul and Ronnie Barnes, the team's Sr. Vice President of Medical Services, also commented on the surgery and his upcoming rehab:

"Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months," said Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services. "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."

“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” said Pierre-Paul. “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.” 

As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports, Pierre-Paul played through the back injury this past season and received epidural injections throughout to stay on the field. It at least partially caused his production to decline. After registering 86 tackles and 16.5 sacks in 2011, he managed just 66 tackles and 6.5 sacks last season, as the Giants failed to make the postseason.

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Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the surgery, and he's set to do a back procedure later this month on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, per Florio.

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It remains to be seen whether Pierre-Paul will recover in time to be in shape for the Giants' season-opening contest on the road against the NFC East division rival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football on Sept. 8.

However, the team should be cautious in handling its talented 24-year-old star considering his recent injury history.

As a raw 2010 first-round pick at No. 15 overall from South Florida, it did take Pierre-Paul one year to settle into the NFL. Once he did, though, it was clear the Giants made the right decision.

Pierre-Paul is key to this Giants team maintaining their typically exceptional pass rush, especially with the departure of Osi Umenyiora. It will be vital for Pierre-Paul to be healthy as the Super Bowl XLVI champions look to bounce back after missing the playoffs in 2012.

When asked if he had a sense of where his star defensive end was at, the coach had this:

"I will at the end of the week," Coughlin said.

When pressed further, Coughlin expanded a little.

"Why should I say? He's had a few practices, he's done well with what we've asked him to do," Coughlin said. "He'd like more, we're going to try to accommodate him."

 

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