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New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul Has Sprained MCL in Knee; Likely to Play Through Injury

October 2nd, 2013 at 4:10 PM
By Doug Rush

Stop us when you've heard this one before; the New York Giants have another injury to another prominent player on the team. This time, it's Jason Pierre-Paul, who is officially on the injury report with a sprained MCL in his knee.

However, as Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News has reported, JPP will attempt to play through the pain and was at practice for the Giants this week fully participating, and is expected to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

"DE Jason Pierre-Paul said he has a sprained MCL, but he still practiced fully today," he tweeted.

JPP missed most of the summer after being forced to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back; which kept the Giants star defensive end out for all four preseason games and didn't make his Giants debut until Week 1 almost a month ago against the Dallas Cowboys.

Fans can tell that it's taking a while for JPP to get back to full speed and back to his normal playing level. In Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brandon Albert was manhandling and dominating JPP in one-on-one blocking and didn't need help from any extra lineman to stop him; something he likely would have needed two years ago, when he was on top of his game and had 16.5 sacks.

With Damontre Moore getting healthy and likely to see more playing time, if JPP's knee continues to bother him during the season, then the Giants may have no other choice but to use their rookie defensive end in the defensive line rotation along with Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Tuck until JPP's knee is back to normal.

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  1.  jerseyrich says:

    Moore needs to be in the rotation now….enough already. If JPP is going to continue to play like he has thus far, then what’s the point of him being on the field?

    •  JimStoll says:

      it seems this coaching staff is coaching by hope and prayer rather than what they see
      JPP was all world in 2011; less than average last year
      we were told it was his back, even though he also looked fat
      he still looks fat this year compared to 2011
      he has done absolutely nothing through 4 games
      but Moore had a badly bruised shoulder and has barely practiced so they must think he isn’t ready even as a situational pass rusher

  2.  BigBlueGiant says:

    if this injury is what it is, they should sit JPP and rest him. Just like they should have had him on the PUP for the start of the year. Pi$$ poor player management IMO.

    He’s not even half of what he once was, and if he’s truly injured then rest is the only thing that will get him better. Playing him only puts both JPP and our Team in a worse position. We are 0-4 and on the road to nowhere, why risk further injury to the kid.

  3.  Chad Eldred says:

    Shut him down if need be. There is no sense in a broken down and ineffective JPP trying to tough it out. He is no good to anyone in his current state.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Disagree with you guys. See RG3. Players just don’t automatically get back to 100%. Maybe JPP could have sat out a few weeks but in any case he was going to be rusty and out of football shape. But I know every single thing this coaching staff and management has done is wrong.

    If you guys thought they did wrong stuff but we were winning wouldn’t the reverse be true? I’m in no way saying they are without blame for 0-4 but they haven’t done everything wrong. Just like if we were 4-0 doesn’t mean everything was done right.

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Agreed Goat. He was healthy enough to play so they played him. He has been stiff and a bit slower it seems.

      Another thing I noticed is, this year it seems the DEs are lining up pretty much right over the tackle spot. I thought they usually lined up to the outside shoulder of the tackles.

  5.  jfunk says:

    BigBlueGiant says:
    October 2, 2013 at 1:45 PM
    He’s decent at best. I agree. But that wasn’t the point i was making.

    The point i was making is that other teams are willing to try to make trades to improve their teams now. While we’re sitting back getting our franchise QB creamed out there.
    —————————————–

    This is foolish. You’d rather the Giants waste resources trading for new players that are even worse than the ones we have just to say they did “something”?

    Just because another team made “a” transaction doesn’t mean they got better. When a player we could use for the next 2-4 years gets acquired for a price that is good for a team, let me know.

    Giving up draft picks for a Will Beatty facsimile or a guy that would have to fight Dave Diehl for the honor of third string tackle are moves I am happy to see the Giants not make.

  6.  ERICHONIUS says:

    Krow posted:
    1 19 Prince Amukamara – STARTER
    2 52 Marvin Austin – BUST
    3 83 Jerrel Jernigan – RESERVE
    4 117 James Brewer – RESERVE
    6 185 Greg Jones – BUST
    6 198 Tyler Sash – BUST
    6 202 Jacquian Williams – STARTER
    7 221 Da’Rel Scott – BUST

    1 15 Jason Pierre-Paul – STARTER
    2 46 Linval Joseph – STARTER
    4 115 Phillip Dillard – BUST
    5 147 Mitch Petrus – BUST
    6 184 Adrian Tracy – BUST
    7 221 Matt Dodge – BUST

    1 29 Hakeem Nicks – STARTER
    2 45 Clint Sintim – BUST
    2 60 William Beatty – RESERVE
    3 85 Ramses Barden – BUST
    3 100 Travis Beckum – BUST
    4 129 Andre Brown – RESERVE
    5 151 Rhett Bomar – BUST
    6 200 DeAndre Wright – BUST
    7 238 Stoney Woodson – BUST

    1 31 Kenny Phillips – GONE
    2 63 Terrell Thomas – RESERVE
    3 95 Mario Manningham – GONE
    4 123 Bryan Kehl – BUST
    5 165 Jonathan Goff – BUST
    6 198 Andre Woodson – BUST
    6 199 Robert Henderson – BUST

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      Aren’t you being a little over critical? You call 6th and 7th round draft picks busts but what is the success rate of prospects from those rounds? You call Terrell Thomas a reserve but he was a starter before multiple ACL tears. What do you want JR to do about this? magically make his draft picks resistant to injury? In fact 14/18 busts were drafted 4th round or later. 3/4 of the “early pick” busts suffered significant injury. Not even counting the “later picks” who also suffered significant injury, such as Goff who was a starter before injury. I think the real question that should be asked is why are we always one of the most injured teams? It seems like, since Coughlin became coach, we have had a ridiculous injury rate.

      •  Krow says:

        I just posted it for discussion purposes. If you’d like to further refine the definitions that would be fine. Bust could be ‘no longer on the roster’ for instance. Go for it … it might be interesting.

        •  ERICHONIUS says:

          nah I got you. I am more arguing with the popular perception here on the board. You just happened to post the list. I mean no direct criticism to anyone, it is just things are bad right now and everyone is over-reacting IMO.

    •  ERICHONIUS says:

      here is a table showing stats from the last three drafts:

      Primary Starters by round, 2010-2012 Drafts

      Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Total
      96 95 100 107 107 113 146 762
      75 56 36 24 16 12 11 229
      In % 78% 59% 36% 22% 15% 11% 8% 30%

      http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2013/3/18/4098882/2010-2012-nfl-drafts-team-by-team-draft-success-in-first-three-rounds

      Given these stats I don’t feel like we are that far off especially considering the degree we have been hit by injury

    •  Andiamo P says:

      that list is incomplete….Reese has had more than 4 drafts.

      I also agree….hard to call a 6th or 7th round pick a bust

      Beatty is a starter

      Kehl may have been a bust here, but he’s still playing….7 years in the league is not too shabby…even if it’s a reserve role.

      Jernigan is officially a bust

      Injuries also play a part….Sintim, and people can say whatever they want, but the guy was hamstrung by them….and Fewell’s scheme but that’s another conversation.

  7.  Dirt says:

    (Disclimer: I’m relying on a post a few threads back for this post, without verifying its accuracy)

    This is why I loathe Coughlin, despite the two Super Bowls that he’s won in spite of himself:

    He’s really announced that Jacobs will be featured as the short yardage back?

    Nevermind he hasn’t bowled someone over since Carter was president. In short yardage, there simply isn’t anyone to bowl over. In fact, there’s a lead block from that puzie Pascoe behind our paper wall of puzie linemen like Beatty, Boothe, Cordle, Brewer, Myers and whoever the hell else will be lining up on Sunday. There’s no way the combination of all these Sallys is pushing back the Eagles linemen, 5 of which are in excess of 300 pounds. It’s simply not going to happen.

    But yet, here’s Coughlin, who learned to play football before the proliferation of the forward pass, continuing to coach to an ideal from the Gilded Age – that all you have to do is man up. Like Jacobs has done all year (11 yards on 11 carries). GTFO.

    Forget getting the ball in the hands of your best players. Forget getting Wilson on a linebacker on a flare pass. Forget letting Nicks fight for a jump ball. Forget giving it to your in-prime two-time Super Bowl MVP. No, give it to a guy who was unemployed because he was not as good as 50 othe running backs across the league.

    Coughlin sucks. Always has, always will. Fortunately for him, he has the bulsh|t media who never questions him after the defensive line carried his asz to his first championship. Now that his roster has deteriorated a bit, he’s got no game.

    Those injuries he swore to root out – guess who’s back.

    Fvkin clown.

    •  Doug Rush says:

      Very interesting perspective on Coughlin, Dirt.

    •  giankees says:

      Not to mention that even when jacobs was a good back he wqs horrible at short yardage cause he stands too high. That and the problem with coughlin holding onto his players and trusting them too much has bleed over to his coordinators. Listen the coaches know whatbtheybhave and usually steer away from weaknesses. Coughlin trusts his guys to his own detriment.
      This wouldnt be a big deal if we were the raiders or jets cause we would know that we dont have talent, but coughlin and the crew keep trying things that wont work. In other words sling it but slingbit to safer routes and run it but run it whenbthey arent expecting it. Coughlin trusts eli to bail his oc out too much and gibride wont let him get away with it

    •  Kettles78 says:

      Just curious who would you rather have as a coach for the team?

      •  giankees says:

        Coughlin is great but he stays with guys too long. I think it could work with another oc and dc with coughlin staying butbif we had to replace him cowher is the guy.

  8.  jahmyrr says:

    In one week we will read the story

    “JPPs sprain was actually a small tear to his MCL. The Giants allowed him to play through what was assumed to be a minor injury only to completely tear the MCL and will now have season ending surgery.”

    •  Doug Rush says:

      Ugh…..I hate to say it, but you could be right and would not be shocked in the least if that ended up happening.

  9.  Krow says:

    Last year Nicks had a slight knee injury. Instead of taking care of it they ‘managed’ it. The result was a very mediocre year followed by minor off season surgery. We missed the playoffs. Had he just fixed the problem who knows what sort of result 2012 would have had with a healthy Hakeem Nicks? Then again he’s not exactly lighting it up this year either.

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