New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, still rehabbing a lingering shoulder injury, was merely a spectator at Thursday's practice. He sat quietly on a stationary bike along the sideline watching his teammates on the field, perhaps pondering his own immediate future. But as he's said multiple times in the recent past, practice or no practice, he has absolutely no intention of shutting it down for the season.
"I’m never going to shut it down. If I could go, I’m going to go. There’s no point in shutting it down. If I could help my team win football games, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s bad enough I missed two games already," Pierre-Paul said on Thursday. "It sucks just watching your teammates play without you, but it’s part of the game. You never know when you’re going to get hurt."
Both JPP and head coach Tom Coughlin have maintained that the defensive end will play again this season, but as games begin to whittle down, it's looking less and less likely. And after missing practice on Thursday, chances are remote that JPP plays this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Still, he insists that going on season-ending Injured Reserve (IR) is a non-option.
"Your team is out there sacrificing, practicing every day. You just want to be a part of that, period. That’s the value right there, do it for your brothers," he added. "I’m not doing it for me, I’m still part of the team and still coming in and going to work and getting rehab done and trying to do everything to take care of this situation to be out there with my teammates."
Although an admirable attitude, if JPP is unable to play again this season, the appropriate team-first move would be to shut it down and let someone else get some experience.
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