When asked Thursday whether he thought that Pierre-Paul would be ready for the season opener, he said, "I don't know that…I'm hoping, but I wouldn't say that. That is an aggressive position to take… But I would like to wait and see and listen to what the professionals are telling us. That is the key right now."
The 24-year old defensive end has been suffering with back problems for years, and many were surprised that Pierre-Paul chose June 4th, the middle of the off season, to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc. Although Coughlin has chosen to be more apprehensive on the subject of Pierre-Paul's status, he remains positive.
"Anybody that has had a back (injury) knows that that is a very difficult thing to deal with," Coughlin said. "Nothing feels good. Your whole body suffers under that circumstance. Sometimes it is longer to recover than some other injuries. There is concern, but we are anxious about getting him back here and seeing him and talking to him…So let's just get him back here and see where we are, see what he feels like. He may feel a lot better than he has, who knows?"
The 6'5", 278 lbs Pierre-Paul will be looking to better his 2012-13 stats after the surgery. Like Coughlin, Giants fans can only remain positive and hope for the best in his recovery, which is projected to be completed about a week before the 2013 season begins.
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