New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is hoping that he will be able to return to the field this season from a shoulder injury that has forced him to miss the team’s last two weeks. Pierre-Paul has said that he hopes to return to practice this week and return to the field in Week 15, but he may not get his wish.
With just three weeks remaining and the Giants out of playoff contention, it looks like a real possibility that head coach Tom Coughlin could decide to shut his veteran defensive lineman down for the rest of the season.
“That decision has not come down,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, via Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star Ledger. “As a matter of fact, JPP was feeling better and as of last weekend felt that this week he would be perhaps in a position where he might be able to practice and prepare himself to play.
“That’s where the weekend was left. I don’t know anything different just now.”
By resting Pierre-Paul for the final weeks of the season, the Giants would be able to evaluate their roster and look at the pieces they have for the future.
One of those pieces could be rookie defensive end Damontre Moore, who has been playing in place of the injured Pierre-Paul, and the Giants would be wise to see what he can do down the stretch.
Unfortunately for Pierre-Paul, that could mean his offseason begins much sooner than anticipated.