New York Giants‘ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has struggled this season. The four-year veteran out of South Florida has just one sack.
Pierre-Paul blames the surgery to repair a herniated disk in his lower back he had in June for his poor start.
Pierre-Paul doesn’t expect things to get much better, at least not until next season.
“I know for a fact that it’s going to take a whole offseason to get my strength back,” Pierre-Paul told Dan Graziano of ESPN New York after Giants practice Thursday. “There’s no pain, it’s just strength. My back is not totally strong. But that was a big surgery, and I’m just blessed that it went well and that I have a chance to play football again at all.”
Entering the season, Pierre-Paul had 27.5 career sacks, including 16.5 in 2011. He appeared to be developing into one of the game’s elite pass rushers before the back injury stunted his growth and development.
“It really is going to take that whole offseason to get back to the old JPP,” Pierre-Paul said. “But he’s not gone.”
The Giants will be in Philadelphia to take on the Eagles Sunday at 1:00 pm EST.