New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is fighting through a shoulder injury, and that has been holding Pierre-Paul back. That has Pierre-Paul thinking about and looking forward to the 2014 season when he will be healthy.
“When I come back next year, I don’t think there’s going to be a tackle in the league who can stop me,” Pierre-Paul said, via Dan Graziano of ESPN.com.
“It was painful,” he said. “What I expected to do, I didn’t do. It got to a point where I could only go out there on third downs, basically. I’m out there rushing with one arm, and I’m trying. But you get to a point where you can’t be Superman. You’ve got to come out and hope the next guy can do better than you.”
Pierre-Paul won’t shut it down to get a jump start on the 2014 season though.
“I’m doing everything I possibly can to put myself back on that field,” Pierre-Paul said. “Shutting down is not in my vocabulary. Otherwise, I would have shut it down when I got the injury in the Oakland game. Even if I can get back for one game, that would be worth it to me. I’m not going to be myself until next year. I know that. I was starting to get there before this injury, but the way I feel now, I’m not going to play unless I’m going to be a factor and I know I can protect myself.”