Now that the New York Giants have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, several decisions need to be made on key players such as defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), running back Brandon Jacobs (knee) and cornerback Corey Webster (ankle). Does the team place them on season-ending injured reserve (IR) or do they attempt to get them some action over the remaining three games?
At least in the case of JPP, head coach Tom Coughlin said he was feeling better over the weekend and may return to practice this week. As for the others? That's still a bit up in the air.
"JPP feels better and as of last weekend, thought that this week he would be perhaps in a position where he might be able to practice and prepare himself to play. That’s the way the weekend was left," Coughlin said on Monday. "I don’t know anything different just now, but we will assess each one of those circumstances and I’m sure that the medical people will allow us to look at it if need be and make those kinds of decisions going forward."
Pierre-Paul has maintained that he has no desire to call it quits on the 2013 season, saying that shutting it down would be an easy out and a selfish move.
"Shutting it down is not in my category," JPP said last week. "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."
Meanwhile, Coughlin also assured last week that JPP would play again this season, so it would it appear he'll see at least a small role over the next three weeks. And with the team returning to practice on Wednesday, we'll likely get a better indication on where he is, as well as the respective statuses on Corey Webster and Brandon Jacobs.
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