The news that star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery and will be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season is, of course, the big injury news of the day for the New York Giants. It was not, however, the only news of the day.
Vereen decision Saturday
Coach Ben McAdoo said the Giants would wait until Saturday to make a decision about whether or not to add running back Shane Vereen, out since Week 3 with a triceps injury, to the active roster for Sunday’s game.
“There’s a chance that we may have a package for Shane if he’s ready to go. If he’s not, then there won’t be,” McAdoo said. “We have a practice on Saturday. There’s a chance Saturday that we can make a decision.”
Pugh remains uncertain
Justin Pugh has not played since suffering a knee injury Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. McAdoo said that Pugh, who practiced on a limited basis, was “improving.” The Giants’ starting left guard did not want to speculate as to whether he would be available to play Sunday.
“I really don’t want to tell you until tomorrow,” Pugh said. “Tomorrow I will probably have a better idea for you based on how we go on uppers. That will be the closest to game action since getting hurt, so we will see.”
Pugh did admit to being “miserable” while he has been sidelined.
“I obviously want to get back out there and I tried to get back out there and ended up pushing myself further back than I wanted to and it is probably my fault that I am further behind than I want to be because I tried to push to get back out there, so that has been the hardest part, learning to make sure that I am listening to the doctors, listening to my body and that is something that I am definitely going to learn from,” he said.
McAdoo did not want to dwell Wednesday on losing Pierre-Paul.
“We wish JPP the best and a speedy recovery. We’ll use an ‘all hands on deck’ approach to fill his shoes. It won’t be easy to do, but we have confidence in the players in the room,” McAdoo said. “You can’t expect one person to jump in and fill his shoes. He’s a very talented player. We’ll use all hands on deck.”
Complete Giants’ injury report
Did not practice
S Nat Berhe (concussion)
DT Johnathan Hankins (quad)
WR Dwayne Harris (ankle)
DE Jason Pierre-Paul (core muscle)
LB Mark Herzlich (concussion)
DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (knee)
G Justin Pugh (knee)
CB Coty Sensabaugh (ribs)