It hasn't been the season that many were hoping Jason Pierre-Paul would have for the New York Giants in 2013, but considering he was coming off of back surgery to repair a herniated disc and cost him the entire preseason and summer, it was a bit of a crapshoot with the star defensive end.
During several games in the 2013 season, the player that was once regarded as the "unblockable player" in the NFL was not only getting blocked, but dominated by opposing offensive lineman in one-on-one action on the line, whereas in years past, teams had to double and triple-team JPP's side of the field, and even that wouldn't stop him at times.
While JPP's back was starting to feel better, he has had to deal with another injury this season; a shoulder injury that he suffered four weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders and one that hasn't gone away. JPP dealt with it in a victory against the Green Bay Packers and even got a pick-six touchdown return in that game and played through the pain against the Dallas Cowboys, but in that game, he was practically made nonexistent.
The shoulder injury got to the point where it kept him out of the team's 24-17 win over the Washington Redskins, although despite his absence, the defense was able to generate five sacks; four of which were from Justin Tuck, and his status for this coming Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers is in doubt.
On Monday, Tom Coughlin tried downplaying the notion of simply shutting down JPP for the final four games of the 2013 season and going with Damontre Moore and Mathias Kiwanuka at defensive end on the other side along with rotating Tuck between defensive end and defensive tackle; something he did and was successful with against the Redskins.
“I don’t think so,” Coughlin said. “I don’t think it (the injury) is in that position. We really don’t know what his status will be this week until we get a little bit closer to Wednesday. He has been treated and rested and hopefully there’s going to be some progress made.”
With the Giants at 5-7 and still having the slightest of hopes to make the playoffs, although it's an extreme longshot, the thought of not having JPP on defense might be a reason why Coughlin is still not putting his star defensive end on season-ending injured reserve and having him get ready for the 2014 season. Maybe if the Giants had lost to the Redskins and dropped to 4-8, Coughlin may have made the decision to de-activate JPP, but with a little hope left in their dwindling season, it could be the reason why JPP isn't the latest Giant starter to land on IR.
In 11 games, JPP has 27 total tackles with two sacks and an interception; the two sacks are a career low since being drafted as a rookie back in 2010 where he had 4.5 sacks.
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