Jason Pierre-Paul activated from PUP list
The New York Giants have decided to activate superstar defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul from the physically unable to perform list on Monday. Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery over two months ago and has been working his way back ever since.
The Giants defense has been really banged up this offseason with injuries to Antrel Rolle, Corey Webster and a season ending injury to Stevie Brown. Getting Pierre-Paul back is a huge lift to the Giants considering he is their best defensive player. Pierre-Paul has been named to the pro-bowl team in two straight seasons, and was an all-pro in 2011.
When the Giants are good on defense it is because of their defensive line putting pressure on the quarterback. NFL.com reports that the Giants will rely on that defensive line again as there are holes in the linebacking core, and in the secondary.
While JPP was taken off the PUP list, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be ready for week one of the regular season. The Giants open on September 8 against the Cowboys, which gives him about two weeks to get into game shape.
““I’m not playing in any preseason games and I don’t even know about Dallas,” said Pierre-Paul, accoring to NJ.com. “I’m just trying to get better and test (the back) out, see how it is, taking on double teams and all of that. I’m just taking it day-by-day.”
Pierre-Paul also made it very clear that it is his decision whether he will play and nobody else’s, but did acknowledge that he knows back injuries are serious, and it wouldn’t be smart to rush back.
Before Monday, it was safe to assume JPP would be back for the season opener, considering the reports of his rapid recovery. But Pierre-Paul made it clear that he will not be rushing back to risk his future health. Either way, the Giants could really use him, given the other injuries throughout the defense and coming off the PUP list is a nice step in the right direction.