DE Jason Pierre-Paul will be out “several weeks” according to SNY.tv’s Ralph Vacchiano after leaving the field midway through Sunday’s game against the Steelers last Sunday. JPP was originally thought to have a pulled groin muscle but will be traveling to Philadelphia to see noted surgeon Dr. Williams Meyers to determined if surgery is needed.
The surgical option would naturally end the for All-Pro’s season and leave a gaping hole in the Giants’ defense. If Dr. Meyers prescribes rest and rehab, it’s possible JPP could be back before the regular season ends. Either way, he will not be in the lineup this Sunday night when the 8-4 Giants host the 11-1 Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium.
Pierre-Paul was coming off a ring of strong performances including a monster game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12 in which he earned NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors. He has 53 total tackles on the season with seven sacks and three forced fumbles. JPP also returned a fumble for a TD against the Browns last week.
The Giants will likely go with a combination of Kerry Wynn and Romeo Okwara to fill JPP’s role, which will not be an easy task. Up until leaving last Sunday’s game, JPP had been on the field for 95.4% of the club’s defensive snaps this season.