New York Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul seems unlikely to play in the team’s home opener against the New Orleans Saints due to a shoulder injury.
The Giants only did a slow walkthrough at practice on Friday, but head coach Ben McAdoo said that Pierre-Paul would have been out if the team did a full practice. Pierre-Paul was previously limited but apparently was feeling worse on Friday. McAdoo said the Giants will know more on Saturday once they see how Pierre-Paul feels when he wakes up.
Once one of the best pass rushers in the league, Pierre-Paul had his career derailed when a fireworks accident mangled his hand. When he finally returned to football action, he worse a special glove on his hand that prevented him from really grabbing and holding onto opposing players.
Pierre-Paul is getting better and better in his ability to hang on, but now with a shoulder injury limiting him, it’s definitely been a disappointing run back to prominence. Pierre-Paul played in Week 1 and had six total tackles. Last season, in eight games, he had just a single sack. The previous year, before his hand injury, he had 12.5 sacks in 16 games with the Giants.