New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul injured his shoulder last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. That had him limited through out the rest of the game. Pierre-Paul didn’t practice on Wednesday and isn’t expected to practice on Thursday either. The injury could force him to miss Sunday’s game against the Packers.
“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.”
Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka said that the defense needs to carry the team while quarterback Eli Manning tries to break out of the slump he has been in all season. Of course, they might had to do that with out Pierre-Paul.
“You can’t just look at him and say,’Oh, he’s the reason.’ I have no doubt in my mind he’s going to get it turned around and start putting up the numbers that we’re used to seeing,” Kiwanuka said, via the Newark Star Ledger. “But until that happens we have to be able to take it upon ourselves as a defense and say, ‘You know what, he’s carried our butts when we weren’t getting it done for a number of games, a number of seasons even, so we have to make sure we can do the same for him while he’s going through it.’”