As long as there is hope for the Giants to make the playoffs, there will be hope that Jason Pierre-Paul returns to the field.
“If I can finish the season, I will,” the defensive end said of playing through the shoulder injury that sidelined him last Sunday. “I will continue to rehab because you never know what might happen. We win out, there’s a possibility we can get in. Who knows? If I shut it down and by then my shoulder will be even better than it is now and then I’ll be looking stupid.”
There is a chance that the Giants will reach the point where they are eliminated and decide to put JPP on IR. But he said he doesn’t want that to happen.
“It will be worth it to me, even if I play the last game I’ll be happy that I came out there, rehabbed it,” he said. “But I won’t be fully back to my natural self until next season. Everybody knows that, that’s no secret.”
It’s been a difficult season for Pierre-Paul, who spent most of the year coming back from offseason back surgery and then, after displaying the kind of play for which he’s been known for about half a game against the Raiders, injuring his shoulder.
“I was hot but I hurt my shoulder,” he said of that brief window. “This season has been up and down for me … at the end of the day I’d rather get healthy than put myself in jeopardy out there if I’m out there and can’t perform at the level that I know I can perform.”
Pierre-Paul may not be certain what the rest of 2013 holds for him, but he seems pretty confident about 2014.
“I know point blank, period, next year when I come back healthy I don’t think there’s going to be a tackle that can even stop me,” Pierre-Paul said. “Point blank, period.”