Jason Pierre-Paul came off a long, arduous back surgery this offseason and did his best to make it work through lingering pain this year. Now, he has a shoulder injury. One that could require surgery but it's a procedure Pierre-Paul wants to avoid at all costs. While he will not specify the injury, he said that rehabilitation could also solve the problem if he doesn't incur any setbacks. Setbacks, of course, could come if Pierre-Paul played in a game. And while that scenario is not happening this season, the Giants defensive end still wants to take the field. "It's frustrating, but at the end of the day you just think about it; it is what it is," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm trying my best to get out there with my teammates to help them win a game." The Giants chose to put Corey Webster on injured reserve yesterday to create a roster space instead of Pierre-Paul, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything has changed with the defensive end. Yes, he wants to play, but he doesn't feel anywhere near game-ready. "I can't go out there and defend myself," he said. "If I can't do that, there's no reason for me playing. I play defense, and when I hit guys I deliver the blow. If I can't do that, I'm not going to put myself in a predicament and go out there. Then I'd have my teammates looking at me like I'm crazy...If I'm not well enough to play, I'm not going out there." Even with his desire to play, shortcutting the process with a surgery doesn't seem to interest Pierre-Paul.
Jason Pierre-Paul said he wants to avoid another surgery, still doesn't feel game ready
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