The Giants are so injury free at this point in the season, they can joke about things that in the last few years would have been unthinkable.
Take, for instance, Jason Pierre-Paul speaking to the media after missing Thursday’s practice with a sore shoulder.
“I’m not even worried about my shoulder,” he said. “I’ll be out there Sunday.”
Then he paused for a moment and flashed a big smile.
He’s expected to be, just like almost all of the Giants players. Pierre-Paul is the only one on the team’s injury report this week with a football-related issue. The only other is DT Robert Thomas who is dealing with an illness.
In the last few years, the Giants have been riddled with injuries coming out of training camp and into the regular season. So far, though, an overhaul of the strength and conditioning program mixed with a little bit of old-fashioned luck seems to have stemmed that trend.
Pierre-Paul did have a wrap on his shoulder after the game on Sunday – most players have something wrapped up after games – and he participated in workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Giants do not have an on-field practice on Friday so resting him on Thursday gives Pierre-Paul two straight days of rest. He’s expected to be with the team for their Saturday morning “launch” practice and again on Sunday for the game against the Saints.