ESPN New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a sports hernia and his injured groin and is likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season, a source told ESPN. Recovery time is expected to be at least six weeks, the source said, which would keep Pierre-Paul sidelined until the conference championship round.
As the New York Giants head down the stretch run with an (8-4) record, chasing the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East and attempting to lock up an NFC Wild Card spot, they will be without arguably their most important defensive player. Jason Pierre-Paul has undergone groin and sports hernia surgery, the recovery time is six weeks, sidelining JPP until at least the NFC Championship game if the Giants were to advance that far. JPP leads the Giants with 7.0 sacks and eight batted passes, he also has 53 tackles, and is enjoying a nice season after missing most of 2015 following his famous 4th of July fireworks accident. This injury could also impact JPP’s impending free agency this summer, he was playing well on a one-year “prove it” deal, and reportedly wanted a contract worth north of $100 million dollars this offseason. Due to his injury history, and his questionable decision making off the field, that’s unlikely to happen. As for the Giants, their calling card ferocious pass rush has taken a major hit, Olivier Vernon and young players like Owa Odighizuwa are going to have to step up down the stretch if the Giants are going to make a serious playoff run.