JPP out 12 weeks following back surgery
Jason Pierre-Paul underwent successful back surgery Tuesday morning to repair a herniated disc in his lower back, the Giants announced.
The procedure, which took place in Los Angeles, was performed by orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Robert Watkins at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
According to the team, JPP's anticipated rehabilitation is approximately 12 weeks.
“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” Pierre-Paul said, in an article posted on the team's web site. “The treatment I’ve been doing has helped manage the issue, but this procedure is going to get me fully healthy and there should be no more pain. I’m going to do everything the doctors tell me to do during my rehab so I can be back playing the game I love at a high level as quickly as possible.”
After a monster 2011 season in which he had 16.5 sacks -- good for fourth in the league -- JPP’s numbers dipped dramatically in 2012 to just 6.5 sacks.
"Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months," said Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services. "He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises. Last week, he was examined by Drs. Russell Warren and Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. Dr. Watkins, after examining Jason yesterday, agreed. We expect a full and complete recovery."