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Tom Coughlin isn’t counting on Pierre-Paul for Week One

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The Giants have pegged defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s recovery time from back surgery at 12 weeks, a timeline that runs close enough to the start of the regular season that there’s a possibility the Giants will be starting the regular season without him.

It’s a possibility that coach Tom Coughlin appears to take seriously. Coughlin was asked if he was counting on having the defensive end in the lineup when the Giants face the Cowboys in Dallas on the first Sunday night of the season.

“I’m hoping, but I wouldn’t say that. That’s an aggressive position to take,” Coughlin said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

There’s not much for the Giants or Pierre-Paul to gain from rushing to make the first game of the season. The doctor who performed the surgery and the Giants both say they expect a complete recovery and 13 or 14 games of Pierre-Paul at full speed is certainly a better scenario than having him on the field before he’s totally ready to play.

That’s not to say that he won’t be ready, just that the first game is a relatively small part of the big picture.

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21 Responses to “Tom Coughlin isn’t counting on Pierre-Paul for Week One”
  1. atthemurph says: Jun 6, 2013 2:38 PM

    Got to let the Roids clear his system

  2. logicailvoicesays says: Jun 6, 2013 2:43 PM

    A sluggish, overweight one-year wonder might miss some time for the second rate Giants.

  3. logicallvoicesays says: Jun 6, 2013 3:18 PM

    It takes longer to heal when you don’t take HGH like RGIII. #BurgundyandGoldSubStandard #RGIII MrIrrelevant

  4. zack2482 says: Jun 6, 2013 3:19 PM

    Coughlin already making excuses for the first game loss against the Cowboys. I can just picture him having a 5 year old temper tantrum, red face, with all of these off season distractions. Love it!

  5. arrogantnation says: Jun 6, 2013 3:21 PM

    No point in rushing JPP until he is 100%. When healthy, no one can rush the passer he like can.

  6. gcsuk says: Jun 6, 2013 3:24 PM

    logicailvoicesays says:
    Jun 6, 2013 2:43 PM
    A sluggish, overweight one-year wonder might miss some time for the second rate Giants.
    ———————————————————-
    And a sluggish ACL-torn one year wonder might miss some time for the 4th rate Redskins, too.

  7. justintuckrule says: Jun 6, 2013 4:11 PM

    Take some notes Skins fans…..you don’t rush young budding superstars back from surgery. We’ll sacrifice JPP for the offseason and the first couple of weeks and then JPP will be a beast for the rest of the season. You keep forcing RG to run around in his red spandex for no reason and watch his patella fall down to his ankle by week 1.

    By the way…not worried about the Dallas opener. We’re undefeated in Giants Stadium south.

  8. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 6, 2013 4:32 PM

    @justintuckrule. Exactly what super star are you talking about. I am confused did the midgets draft someone that know one knows about I must of missed that draft pick. Cause if your talking about the over rated player in this article you have a lot to learn about football. This clown is a nobody RGIII and the Redskins O-line made him look SILLY 2 times. The eye in the sky never lies.!!!!!!! FROM YOUR DIVISION CHAMPOINS 2012 and BEYOND…… .!!!!!!!!!!

  9. nyfootballgiants says: Jun 6, 2013 5:07 PM

    Its too bad he might not be available – but I will be in Dallas for the game, so we will find other ways to beat the cowboys.

    BTW – last season, we split with the Redskins (won at home, lost on the road – 17-16) so you hardly made us look silly……

  10. manuich1 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:13 PM

    That’s quite alright, looking forward to seeing what Ojomo will do in his absence. OooooooJoooomoooooo….

  11. justintuckrule says: Jun 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    Skins fans are the only fan base that I know in any sport, let alone the NFL, that brags about being “division champions”. You won one more game than us and that was with a last place schedule and 3 more months of rest under your belt. All that shiny division trophy got you was a date against the Falcons in Atl (loss) and a game vs. SF (loss). In other words, cherish that division trophy now because its back to 5-11 where you are used to.

  12. bigbluefan1 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:29 PM

    My grandmother is free to rush romo that weekend

    No need for JPP its Romo who truly is one of Jerry’s kids

  13. fafaflunky says: Jun 6, 2013 6:20 PM

    BUST

  14. fafaflunky says: Jun 6, 2013 6:28 PM

    haha reading this giants posts makes me laugh..ur backs unproven, wrs are angry, oline is old,qb is a luck chucker
    the only thing you got going for ya
    is your owner is bff with goodell..

  15. thrstr says: Jun 6, 2013 6:39 PM

    Joizey boys seem to think that Redskins and their fans have any fear or respect for the G “men”, bring it losers, – can’t wait

  16. justintuckrule says: Jun 6, 2013 6:47 PM

    thrstr says:
    Jun 6, 2013 6:39 PM
    Joizey boys seem to think that Redskins and their fans have any fear or respect for the G “men”, bring it losers, – can’t wait
    ——————–
    Truthfully, we haven’t paid much thought to you or your team in about 20 years. Normally, we view your team as an extra bye week on our schedule. Aside from the one game last year that we actually prepared for and lost by a point, the games we’ve lost to you in the last 20 years, all 6 of them, have been when we thought we’d win by showing up. You’re team is hot garbage.

  17. justintuckrule says: Jun 6, 2013 6:53 PM

    fafaflunky says:
    Jun 6, 2013 6:28 PM
    haha reading this giants posts makes me laugh..ur backs unproven, wrs are angry, oline is old,qb is a luck chucker
    the only thing you got going for ya
    is your owner is bff with goodell..
    —————–
    Your name says it all. History lesson, we beat the undefeated Pats with a rookie RB, a 1st yr starter RB, a D-II TE, and 1 legit WR. Plus, our QB was in his 3rd year and our back 7 defenders were ordinary.

    If Cruz and Nicks stay healthy, with Randle and Wilson, we’ll be putting up pinball scores that your pop-gun fluky-fad offense can’t match no matter what QB you line up.

  18. zack2482 says: Jun 6, 2013 7:34 PM

    If you think that steak is going to last your wrong. It’s ends in the opener. We are a match up problem for you. Your strength on defense is your dl and its depleted. You LBs are a joke and your secondary is awful. We still put up tons of points with our putrid oline last year. Can’t wait. How many TD’s did Cruz score last year against us…..?? Defense is going to dominate. Ware and Spencer are coming at you and they are no longer going into coverage. Eli is going to look like a turtle.

  19. bigbluebob says: Jun 6, 2013 7:43 PM

    Who’s worried about the Cowgirls?..Let him get his rest.

  20. justintuckrule says: Jun 6, 2013 8:08 PM

    zack2482 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 7:34 PM
    If you think that steak is going to last your wrong. It’s ends in the opener. We are a match up problem for you. Your strength on defense is your dl and its depleted. You LBs are a joke and your secondary is awful. We still put up tons of points with our putrid oline last year. Can’t wait. How many TD’s did Cruz score last year against us…..?? Defense is going to dominate. Ware and Spencer are coming at you and they are no longer going into coverage. Eli is going to look like a turtle.
    —————–
    yet, you’ll still find a way to lose b/c that’s what you do.

  21. n0hopeleft says: Jun 7, 2013 12:56 PM

    zack2482 says:
    Jun 6, 2013 7:34 PM
    If you think that steak is going to last your wrong. It’s ends in the opener. We are a match up problem for you. Your strength on defense is your dl and its depleted. You LBs are a joke and your secondary is awful. We still put up tons of points with our putrid oline last year. Can’t wait. How many TD’s did Cruz score last year against us…..?? Defense is going to dominate. Ware and Spencer are coming at you and they are no longer going into coverage. Eli is going to look like a turtle.

    _______________________________

    You’re so right, because in 2011 – our LBs and secondary were SO dominant. We should really be scared, considering in Week 11, our starting LB in the Superbowl was on his couch eating potato chips.

    How did that work out for us?

    Our coaches are actually difference makers – yours just ruin careers.

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