Surgery unlikely for Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during the second half

Jason Pierre-Paul looks on during the second half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Oct. 6, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Jason Pierre-Paul should be flagged for taunting. Taunting Giants fans.

"Imagine if they had me fully healthy?" he asked rhetorically Friday about what might have been in 2013, a season in which he spent the first half of the year coming back from back surgery and the second half of the year fighting through a shoulder injury.

The good news is that the Giants' most physically gifted defender said he expects to be back at 100 percent strength for 2014 - he's almost there now and said he'd be able to play if the Giants had a game this week (another taunt?) - and thinks the Giants' defense could be the best in the NFL.

"They didn't touch defense," he said, noting the lack of changes on the coaching staff on that side of the ball. "That says a lot. We could be No. 1 if we wanted to. We just got a couple things to take care of."

Pierre-Paul said one of those things will probably not be shoulder surgery. He recently visited Dr. James Andrews and was told that surgery is probably not necessary.

"Just do my rehab and I'll be fine," he said. "He told me to come back in six weeks and then we'll see."

Pierre-Paul spoke at an event for the new Body Armor sports drink. He said he is at 95 percent of his full strength now and has returned to working out.

"I know I'm going to be 100 percent next year going into the season, and training camp and minicamp, OTAs," he said. "And I'll be all that for all that."

One of the things Pierre-Paul said he is looking forward to is continuing to play with Justin Tuck. The veteran defensive end is a free agent and has said this week that he is unsure if he will return to the Giants. Pierre-Paul and Tuck have been teammates for four seasons, but seldom have they played at a high level at the same time.

"A healthy Tuck with me, that'd be crazy," Pierre-Paul said. "Nobody's ever seen it."

Pierre-Paul is still a year away from free agency. His contract expires after the 2014 season. He said there have been no talks yet about an extension for him.

"At the end of the day I couldn't care less about my contract," he said. "I'm not worried about that. My main goal is to go out and dominate like I did in 2011. Injury-free. My main goal is to play like I know I can play. Worry-free."

Rodgers likes McAdoo: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was presented with the Bart Starr Award for Character on Friday morning and gave a brief endorsement of his former quarterbacks coach in Green Bay, Ben McAdoo. "He's a great coach, he'll do a great job," Rodgers said of the new Giants offensive coordinator. "I'm sad to see him go but he's a talented young coach who works his tail off."

advertisement | advertise on newsday

NFL videos

Vote

Who gets the game ball as the Giants' most valuable player after beating the Texans for their first win of the season?

Rashad Jennings Eli Manning Victor Cruz The defense Someone else

advertisement | advertise on newsday