DE Jason Pierre-Paul (groin) will have an MRI tomorrow to determine the extent of his injury.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) December 5, 2016
New York Giants’ defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul left the field ahead of halftime of the Giants’ game against the Steelers with a groin injury, according to the team. The FOX broadcast crew announced at the beginning of the third quarter than Pierre-Paul is out for the remainder of the game.
Defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins also left the game with a right thigh bruise. The play happened early in the first quarter when Hankins fell awkwardly on his leg after making a tackle. He’s gone back to the Giants’ locker room and his return is questionable.
INJURY UPDATE: DT Johnathan Hankins (bruised thigh) is questionable to return. #NYGvsPIT— New York Giants (@Giants) December 4, 2016
JPP and Hankins have been a major contributors for a Giants’ defensive line that has come on in recent weeks. Anchored by Hankins and Damon “Snacks” Harrison in the middle, the Giants’ run defense is fourth in the NFL having allowed 980 yards to opponents on 3.5 yards per carry. JPP and Olivier Vernon have combined for 13 sacks and four forced fumbles.
Cornerback Coty Sensabaugh also left during the second-quarter with a rib injury. He came back on the field before returning to the locker-room shortly before halftime. His return is questionable.