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Why Jason Pierre-Paul's Surgery Is Blessing in Disguise for the New York Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants signals in the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 7, 2013

When news broke that New York Giants' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul would require surgery, Giants Nation was immediately sent into panic.

Hold that thought.

Multiple media outlets—including Bill Pennington of the New York Times—reports that JPP's operation on the herniated disk in his back was successful but that his status for the Giants' Week 1 season-opener at the Dallas Cowboys is in jeopardy.

That said, let me be the voice of reason.

This isn't the time for Giants fans to lose it.

For one, Pierre-Paul isn't necessarily going to miss any regular season games. There's a chance he won't be ready for Week 1 against the Cowboys, but that's not guaranteed.

According to The Record's Art Stapleton, the recovery time has been set at 12 weeks. Looking at a calendar, that puts his return date some time around Aug. 27 if things go according to plan.

Even if JPP does miss Week 1, are we really going to be up in arms over him missing one game?

I say that this is a blessing in disguise for the Giants because New York's defense is at its best when Pierre-Paul is healthy and causing havoc in the opposing offense's backfield, and he can't do that with a back injury.

Pennington's column notes that Pierre-Paul battled back pain last season—a down season for the 24-year-old defender. JPP recorded just 6.5 sacks but did manage to play in all 16 games for the Giants.

My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season, I played through some back issues. 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.

Think back to JPP's coming out party in 2011 when he was healthy. The second-year defensive end racked up 16.5 sacks and was crucial to Big Blue's Super Bowl championship win.

The thinking here is that this surgery will relieve any pain the versatile defensive end is dealing with, leading to another Pro Bowl-type season for Pierre-Paul.

 

So if we're forced to go one game without the two-time Pro Bowler, so be it. 

Especially since the G-Men have a more-than-suitable backup at the defensive end position.

Primarily playing defensive end during the 2008 season, Kiwanuka recorded eight sacks and proved to be effective coming off the edge for the Giants' defense.

The bottom line is that JPP's operation should correct the pain that slowed him down last season, leading to an improved campaign for Pierre-Paul in 2013.

So hang tight, Giants fans. Help is on the way.

 

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