(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul may have underwent successful back surgery this week, but head coach Tom Coughlin isn’t exactly sure he will be ready for the season opener.
The estimated recovery time for Pierre-Paul is 12 weeks. If all goes according to plan, he could be recovered a week before the Sept. 8 opener at Dallas.
“I don’t know that,” Coughlin said when asked if his gut feeling is that Pierre-Paul will be ready for the Cowboys. “I am hoping but I wouldn’t say that. That’s an aggressive position to take. If anybody can do it, it’s him.
“But I would like to wait and see and listen to what the professionals are telling us. That is the key right now.”
The surgery was performed in order to heal a herniated disk in Pierre-Paul’s lower back. Sources told ESPN that doctors believe he will be 100 percent healthy for the 2013 season opener.
Pierre-Paul was drafted by the Giants with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. He racked up 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and one interception during the 2012 season.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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