New York Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul officially out for the season

The New York Giants received some bad news on Wednesday morning as they learned they’ll be without Jason Pierre-Paul for the remainder of the season.

Jason Pierre-Paul injured his groin in the second quarter of the New York Giants 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and on Tuesday he traveled to Philadelphia to renowned surgeon Dr. William Meyers. There was growing concern that Pierre-Paul may have a sports hernia and that proved to be the case.

JPP had surgery to repair a sports hernia this morning, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN New York. Expected to be out for the remainder of season, likely six weeks of recovery time.

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Even before it was confirmed that Pierre-Paul had  a sports hernia, some of his teammates were doubtful that he would play on Sunday against the Cowboys.

“Like I said, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be tough without him,” defensive captain and starting linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “But next person up. We have to move on. It is what it is.”

The loss of Pierre- Paul is a huge blow to the Giants playoff chances as they have four tough games against the Cowboys, Lions, Eagles, and Redskins to close out the season. He’s currently second on the team in sacks with seven, fifth in tackles (53), and leads the team in forced fumbles with three.

The Giants will have to rely on defensive ends Kerry Wynn, Owa Odighizuwa and rookie Romeo Okwara to step up in JPP’s absence. All three are talented, but they’re no Pierre-Paul.

Last week Pierre-Paul was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week. Now with this injury and pending free agency, fans have to wonder when or if he’ll play another game for the Giants.

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