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Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t concentrating on Week One return

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Last week, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has done well in his rehab from back surgery but stopped short of giving a prediction about whether or not the defensive end would join his teammates on the field for the first game of the season.

Pierre-Paul, who is on the PUP list as his recovery continues, said Saturday that he feels like he’s 75 percent of the way back at this point. He also stopped short of making any predictions about his return date beyond saying that the goal was to return when he’s ready rather than aiming for the opener against the Cowboys.

“A back is a really, really horrible thing to have, back surgery period, and you don’t want to rush back,” Pierre-Paul said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “I’m not concentrating on the first game, the second game, the third game, fourth game, fifth game, sixth game. I’m just trying to come back when I feel like I’m ready to come back.”

If Pierre-Paul can’t make it back for the start of the season, Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck will be the starters at defensive end for the Giants. Tuck’s well aware of the pressure on him and the rest of the defensive line to improve on last season, tasks that would be made considerably easier if Pierre-Paul is stalking quarterbacks off the edge all year long.

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5 Responses to “Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t concentrating on Week One return”
  1. rellsportstalk says: Jul 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    not a fan of the Giants(they beat my niners) but this NFL world is so week to week , Justin tuck had a bad year , thats all , if you get 15 sacks the next year they expect 20 , thats not how it works , teams scheme against you , you might open doors for others(pierre-paul)

  2. kingcarlbanks says: Jul 28, 2013 12:22 PM

    Just get healthy JPP, Giants have the horses to let you sit a few games if needed.

  3. bigdinla says: Jul 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    Cowboys fan here; I hope JPP gets healthy. Great player and good guy. If course after week 1 would be better!

  4. justinstuckrule says: Jul 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    I thought JPP would be the next Osi but it’s a damn shame his career is probably over. He had a nice year in 2011 but last year was awful and now we all know his body is shot.

  5. derekturner356 says: Jul 28, 2013 9:56 PM

    Why is justintuckrules so freaking negative !!! Chillax man things aren’t that bad . Quit being Debbie downer

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