New York Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre Paul underwent surgery on a core muscle injury after Week 13. Word at the time was that JPP would miss at least six weeks of action.
Eyeing A JPP Return
According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com, the Giants now have a glimmer of hope that the star defensive lineman can return in time for their Wild Card matchup on January 7-8. The Giants have even more confidence that Pierre Paul could be available to contribute for the divisional round if the Giants make an extended postseason run.
Pierre Paul has missed the past three games and is expected to miss Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Redskins. He has been telling his teammates he’ll be back as soon as his body allows him to be back. The former Pro Bowler seems to still have a ways to go, as he has still not returned to practice after undergoing surgery earlier this month. However, Pierre Paul has overcome odds before, as he was able to fight back from a firework incident that cost him his index finger.
Defensive Line Help From JPP
The defensive line containing JPP, Jonathon Hankins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon has one of the best front four’s in the league. At the time of the injury, Pierre Paul led the league in snaps amongst d-lineman, was second in the league with eight batted down passes, and had 53 tackles and seven sacks. If Pierre Paul could return the Giants in any near the form he was playing at prior to the surgery, that defensive line could really do some damage for the Giants in the playoffs.