The New York Giants and Green Bay Packers have released their official Wednesday practice injury reports:
The big news for the Giants is former Pro Bowl defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul, sat out practice due to a shoulder injury he sustained in this past weekend’s game against the Oakland Raiders. JPP was able to return to the game, but it seems as if his shoulder injury is concerning him. According to Dave Hutchinson of The Star-Ledger, JPP isn’t going to be rushing back to action. Here is a pretty telling direct quote from JPP in that article:
“I’m still pretty sore,” he said today. “My shoulder just hurts. That’s it. It’s getting better and better. I’m not practicing (Thursday). I don’t know about the game. I’m just going day-by day.
“Once it stops hurting me, I’ll play. I’ll see how it feels Sunday. I’m not going to rush back for no reason. I’m not going to go out there unless I feel comfortable and I feel I can play the whole game, not half a game.”
Reading between the lines here, don’t be surprised if JPP is on the sidelines come Sunday against the Packers. It is a real shame because he finally seemed to be rounding back in shape after offseason back surgery and the Giants anemic pass rush attack has finally been performing a bit better over the past couple of games. If JPP can’t go Sunday, rookie defensive end, Damontre Moore (aka DaMonsta), should finally see some more playing time.
The other new injured Giants’ player is Bear Pascoe (ankle). The TE/FB sat out practice today. Brandon Jacobs (hamstring/knee) and Corey Webster (groin/ankle) are both still sidelined with their injuries. As has been the case most of the season, Terrell Thomas, sat out practice as the team continues to limit his workload after a third ACL tear.
The Packers are an extremely banged up team at the moment. Star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, will miss Sunday’s game with the Giants due to a broken collarbone he suffered two weeks ago against the Chicago Bears. Don Barclay, Casey Hayward, Johnny Jolly, Nick Perry, and Mike Neal were all unable to practice today, as well.
Evan Dietrich-Smith, Andy Mulumba, and Ryan Pickett were all limited. Former Pro Bowl linebacker, Clay Matthews, was a full participant in practice today, but if he is forced to wear a full cast over his broken thumb as he did against the Eagles last Sunday, he will not be as effective as he normally is.
Overall, besides the bad news with Jason Pierre-Paul’s shoulder, the Giants continue to be healthier than they were during their 6 game losing streak. Meanwhile, the GMEN seem to be getting the Packers at the perfect time as they will be forced to start their third string quarterback, Scott Tolzien, on Sunday as Rodgers has a broken collarbone and they had to place back-up Seneca Wallace on injured-reserve after he left Sunday’s game against the Eagles with a groin injury.
Keep it locked in here at GMENHQ all week to get the most recent updates about JPP’s status for Sunday’s key match-up against the Green Bay Packers.