New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent back surgery Tuesday morning to repair a herniated disc in his lower back and is expected to be out 12 weeks, according to Giants beat writer Michael Eisen on the team's website.
Doctors at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Marina Del Rey, Calif. said that Pierre-Paul had been experiencing pain in his lower back for the past couple months and felt that now was a good time to go forward with the surgery to make sure he is ready to go for the regular season. According to the medical staff, he is expected to make a full recovery within the next three months.
Pierre-Paul had initially dealt with what was described by doctors as "discomfort" in his back. By going through treatments and core strengthening exercises, the pain still did not subside and it became apparent that surgery was indeed needed to correct the herniated disc long-term.
“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues. The treatment I’ve been doing has helped manage the issue, but this procedure is going to get me fully healthy and there should be no more pain. I’m going to do everything the doctors tell me to do during my rehab so I can be back playing the game I love at a high level as quickly as possible.”The hope is for him to be at full strength for Week 1, but until then, he will reportedly be on the "physically unable to perform list" for the start of training camp, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today Sports. He had 16.5 sacks in 2011-12 but his numberes suffered slightly last year, and with the loss Osi Umenyiora to free agency, the Giants find themselves somewhat weak in depth at defensive end.