New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is unsure if his surgically repaired back will be ready for the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
“I don’t know, only time can tell,” Pierre-Paul said, according to ESPNNew York.com. “It’s all on me to recover.”
“That’s everybody’s goal who is hurt,” he added of playing in the opener. “I don’t know. I can’t promise nothing. I can’t say I will be back for the season opener.”
Pierre-Paul was placed on the physically unable to performance list to start camp. He underwent back surgery on June 4 after he still felt pain in his back.
The Pro Bowl defensive end thought he could just strengthen his core this offseason and ease the pain but when the pain returned during minicamp, he opted for surgery.
“I am happy I did the surgery,” Pierre-Paul said. “Now there is nothing holding me back when I do get back.”
The Giants and Paul-Pierre are going to take things slowly to make sure their franchise defensive end will be ready for the season.
“I feel like I am at 75 percent,” Pierre-Paul said. “I have been doing everything they asked me to. … The doctors said I am doing pretty good there.”
“I am feeling great now, I don’t have no pain bothering me,” he added. “A back [surgery] is a really, really horrible thing to have, back surgery period and you don’t want to rush back. I’m not concentrating on the first game, the second game, the third game, fourth game, fifth game, sixth game. I’m just trying to come back when I feel like I’m ready to come back.”