The New York Giants are battered and bruised. Not only has this been a disappointing season, but key players have taken a beating physically. Both sides of the ball, offense and defense have taken a hit, as the season comes to a close. The offense has loss star wideout Victor Cruz to arthroscopic knee surgery, running back Peyton Hillis to a concussion and offensive linemen David Diehl to a knee injury, Chris Snee to a hip ailment and David Baas to a neck injury.
The defense has a couple players scratched off for Sunday’s matchup with the Detroit Lions as well. Safety Cooper Taylor has a hamstring injury and the defensive line will be without Jason Pierre-Paul who is dealing with a bum shoulder.
Pierre-Paul was hopeful that he was going to play Sunday and didn’t want to shut it down despite the losing season.
“I’m a football player, man, that’s what I do. It’s easy for me to sit out and just call it a season but I’ve been fighting injuries since I got back,” stated Pierre-Paul. “I’m not a quitter. Football, that’s something that I love to do, and I’ve got a passion for it. It’s frustrating but at the end of the day you just think about it and it is what it is. I’m trying my best to get out there and be with my teammates and help them win the game.”
Like several other Giants’ players, Pierre-Paul downplayed the alleged rift between the team’s offense and defense, following their 23-0 loss to Seattle.
“I wasn’t there so I don’t know what was going on in the locker room or whatever,” admitted Pierre Paul. This team, we’re all brothers on this team and anything that we say to each other, we take criticism. That’ something that we do well. Players, like Tuck could come up to be if I’m not playing good or something and he tells me. I’ll be like, “You know what, you’re right.” I listen to him and go out there and try to be better.”
“Do you know what it is? It’s not taking shots at each other or whatever, it’s criticism and you take it and run with it. That’s what helped me get better, helped me get over that top. It is what it is. It happened, it happened.”
The Giants defensive lineman is more concerned with his personal health rather than locker room beefs. He is banking on rehabbing his shoulder rather than undergoing surgery.
“I’m trying to stay away from the knives, noted Pierre-Paul. “I think I’m going pretty good with my rehabbing and just getting better from when I injured it.”