New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a serious shoulder injury in Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys, and he has been ruled out for each of the team’s past two games. JPP has recorded just two sacks this season in another disappointing year for him, as he only recorded 6.5 sacks in 2012 after breaking out with 16.5 in 2011.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that doctors “recommended” that Pierre-Paul sit out for the remainder of the season due to his shoulder injury, and the New York Post’s Paul Schwartz added in reply that Pierre-Paul will “very likely” be rested for the rest of the season. His shoulder injury is definitely significant, and there’s no point in playing him for the team’s final three games with the Giants out of playoff contention.
The Giants also have enough depth at DE, and JPP’s absence helps give Texas A&M rookie Damontre Moore more reps, which is something that’s good for both him and the team. Pierre-Paul will be fully healthy next year, but it’s time to cut the cord on his 2013 season. The doctors don’t want him to keep on playing, and it’s become increasingly year that there is little point in JPP continuing to play this year. It hasn’t been a banner year for him, though he continues to be a standout in run defense, and he needs to realize that missing the remainder of the season is best for him.