The Giants insist that they won’t shut defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul down before the end of the regular season, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to return to the lineup.
Pierre-Paul has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Chargers, the second week in a row that has seen the team decide during the week that he isn’t healthy enough to play. While the Giants’ insistence on keeping Pierre-Paul in play makes sense as long as there’s even a slim hope of making the playoffs, it is hard to see the upside in risking further injury if that possibility goes away.
A loss this weekend will do just that so we’ll see how things play out next week. The same goes for cornerback Corey Webster, who has taken up a roster spot despite barely playing this season and will miss his ninth game of the season this week.
Running back Brandon Jacobs is doubtful to play this week and cornerback Trumaine McBride is questionable. If McBride doesn’t play, the Giants will be pretty vulnerable to a strong passing attack and the Chargers have shown they have one on many occasions this season.