Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack during the second half...

Jason Pierre-Paul (90) celebrates a sack during the second half of a game against the Dallas Cowboys. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: AP

Just a few weeks ago Jason Pierre-Paul said he might not get back to full health until next season. Today?

“I feel great,” he said Wednesday. “I feel good. I went out there and had a great practice. I’m starting to get that confidence back. I feel good. It’s been eight games and I say I feel like 90 percent now. For those eight games, I’ve been playing like, ‘How’s my back going to take this?’ I can’t think about that. I can’t think about getting hurt. I didn’t get hurt by thinking. I have to go out and play this game like I know I can. I went out there today and I’m turning the edge pretty good. I feel good about myself.”

It sounds as if JPP has put the back injury behind him, at least mentally. Often that is the last step for an athlete recovering from an injury.

“It’s time for me to just go out there and handle my business,” he said. “I’m feeling very confident about myself. I’m anxious to go out there.”

Pierre-Paul said he’s not quite back to his Superman status.

“I might be Iron Man,” he said. “I’m getting there.”

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