Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul went for a second opinion on his ailing shoulder this week and got some good news.
Doctors told Pierre-Paul that he does not require surgery to fix the problem and prescribed rest as his best course of action at the moment. With so little time left in the season and the Giants out of the playoff race, that might seem like a signal that it is time to shut things down for 2013. Pierre-Paul said it won’t be his decision to shut things down, but he wouldn’t make that call if it was up to him.
“I’ve been battling injuries all year. It’s part of the game. First, as far as getting back surgery, then the knee and then the f—ing shoulder. That’s how it is,” Pierre-Paul said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “I’m never going to shut it down. If I can go, I’m going to go. It [stinks] watching your teammates play without you. But it’s part of the game. You never know when you’re going to get hurt.”
Pierre-Paul hasn’t practiced yet this week and he’s almost certainly going to miss his third straight game when the Giants meet the Seahawks this weekend. That won’t help the Giants avoid embarrassment, but getting Pierre-Paul back to full strength would make such outcomes less likely in 2014.