Although the pain is gone from his back and he’s making good progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a herniated disc, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sounded uncertain about being ready for the Giants opening day game against Dallas on September 8.
“I don’t know,” he said when asked if he thought he might be ready for that game. “Only time can tell. It’s all on me, how I recover.”
Pierre-Paul, who is on PUP, said that his back pain became so bad that it affected his ability to do routine daily tasks.
“It was a constant pain like sitting down driving, sitting in the car driving for a long period, probably 30 minutes,” he said. “Moving around, standing up for a long period. It was constantly bothering me but at the end of the day I didn’t complain. I thought it was something like, if I just strengthened up my core I’d be fine but they told me something the opposite so… like I said, the pain is gone now and I’m just trying to hurry up and get back on the field to help my team and be a part of the team.”
For a while, his attempts at strengthening his core worked., However the pain, which he said he had “for about two years” returned during the spring minicamps, and that’s when Pierre-Paul realized he needed to seek another form of treatment. ”
So that’s what he did, and for a while it worked. But when the pain, which he said he had for two years,
“(The doctor) told me I had weakness in my right leg, which I never noticed,” he said. “I just felt the pain but when he ran a couple tests that’s when I really noticed that I had a weakness in my legs.”
He decided to have the surgery right away and he said he has no regrets in doing so.
“The whole discomfort is gone. When I sit down now I don’t have that pain anymore, stand up I don’t have that pain, I can stand up straight, basically everything is gone. The surgery went well. Doing pretty good.”
Well enough to return to the field soon?
“You don’t want to rush back,” he said, revealing that he feels he’s about 75% of the way recovered. “I’m not concentrated on the first game, second game, third game, fourth game, fifth game, sixth game, I’m just trying to come back when I feel like I’m ready to come back.”