Will Jason Pierre-Paul play again this season? New York Giants' coach Tom Coughlin said Monday that no decision has been made on whether or not the defensive end, who missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, will be shut down for the final three three games.
"As far as I know right now, that decision has not come down. As a matter of fact, JPP feels better and as of last weekend, thought that this week he would be perhaps in a position where he might be able to practice and prepare himself to play," Coughlin said. "That's the way the weekend was left. I don't know anything different just now."
How are Giants' players handling being 5-8 and already out of the playoffs?
Here is defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka on that topic:
"Obviously this is not the situation we wanted to find ourselves in. I think the things we have to remember and understand, what we’re going to continue to preach in the locker room, is the prideful organization. The greatest city, the greatest organization in the world and we’re going to go out there and perform," Kiwanuka said. "We have a lot to play for. I think every time you take the field you’re representing yourself, your family, your team and your city, in that order. You have to make sure you do t to the best of your ability."
Wide receiver Victor Cruz actually said Monday that the season would be "more disappointing" if the Giants manage to defeat the Seattle Seahawks, regarded by many as the best team in the NFC, on Sunday:
"Obviously it would put a smile on our faces and understand that this is something that we could have done all year with doing the right things. If we beat that team, it would kind of make it more disappointing because we didn’t take advantage of playing like this all year long, from an entire team perspective," Cruz said. "Obviously it would just put a smile on our face and have us know that when we play at our best, we can beat any team in the league."
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