It has been a long summer for New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but it appears that his time off of the field may be coming to a close.
Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery earlier in the off-season, and as a result, he has been on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list for a few weeks. However, Tom Coughlin was asked about his status on Thursday, and indicated that Pierre-Paul was “getting close” to coming off of the list and being able to see the field.
This is tremendous news for the Giants, as he is, by far, their most explosive defensive weapon. The 24-year-old had a “down” season in 2012, posting just 6.5 sacks, but he is fully capable of another breakout similar to his 16.5-sack showing in 2011. Earlier in the month, we reported that Pierre-Paul was okay with missing week one if needed, but if he can come off of the PUP list in the immediate future, his status would appear to improve for the start of the season.
It would, almost unquestionably, be wise for the Giants to take their time with Pierre-Paul, but at the same time, it is tough to criticize them for pushing a young player along in his rehab. Stay tuned for updates as they arrive, but expect to see “JPP” on the practice field in the near future.