Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said it is up to the Giants defense to carry the team while quarterback Eli Manning tries to dig himself out of his season-long slump and they may have to do the carrying without the help of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
Pierre-Paul hurt his shoulder last Sunday against the Raiders, limiting him for most of the game after getting a sack during a strong first quarter. Pierre-Paul didn’t practice on Wednesday, won’t practice on Thursday and said that he won’t rush back into the lineup unless he feels he can play a complete game.
“I’m still pretty sore,” Pierre-Paul said, via the Newark Star Ledger. “My shoulder just hurts. That’s it. It’s getting better and better. I’m not practicing. I don’t know about the game. I’m just going day-by day. Once it stops hurting me, I’ll play. I’ll see how it feels Sunday. I’m not going to rush back for no reason. I’m not going to go out there unless I feel comfortable and I feel I can play the whole game, not half a game.”
Pierre-Paul had back surgery this offseason and returned in time to play the first game of the season, but has said several times that he doesn’t feel close to 100 percent healthy. His play has backed up that feeling, although things were looking a bit better the last couple of weeks.