While New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is hoping to avoid offseason shoulder surgery, he told the media on Wednesday that he's not yet willing to shut it down for the season. The Giants, too, have been open about trying to avoid that.
"Shutting it down is not in my category," JPP said. "Otherwise I would've shut it down when I got the injury, which was the Oakland game. That's not an option. You never know what might happen. But to shut it down when my team needs me badly? That's just very selfish of me, and I'm not a selfish player."
Although his status for Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers remains uncertain, Pierre-Paul did return to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis. Primarily, he worked with trainers on the side doing strength exercises and working on his range of motion.
For head coach Tom Coughlin, that's an encouraging sign.
“Anything is encouraging if we can get him out on the field,” Coughlin said.
Still, Pierre-Paul can't help but to think ahead to 2014 and a return to health — something he expects to result in the JPP of old.
"I know point blank when I come back next year there won't be a tackle who can stop me," he said.
And, hey, if JPP says it will happen, then is will happen. After all, he's already proven once this year he's a Clairvoyant.
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