Jordan Raanan of ESPN, citing multiple sources, reports that there’s a “glimmer of hope” Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul could return from his core muscle injury in time for the team’s wildcard game in a few weeks.
According to Raanan, New York is more confident that Pierre-Paul could be available for the divisional round of the playoffs and expect him to be a contributor should they make it deep into the postseason.
The Giants have been without Pierre-Paul for the past three games and the expectation is that he’ll sit out of Sunday’s regular season finale against the Redskins.
Pierre-Paul was expected to be out at least six weeks with his core muscle injury, so a playoff return was his best-case scenario all along.
Pierre-Paul, 27, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2010. He received the team’s franchise tag last year but later had it rescinded after he suffered a serious injury to his hand.
The two parties later renegotiated a one-year deal worth up to $8.71 million based on incentives and Giants elected to bring him back this past offseason on a one-year, $10 million contract that included $4.25 million guaranteed.
In 2016, Pierre-Paul has appeared in 12 games and recorded 54 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, a recovery returned for a touchdown and eight pass defenses.
We have him featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.