IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ season opener isn’t until Sept. 8, but they received some favorable news Tuesday when it was learned that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul would need surgery on his back.
Pierre-Paul has four sacks, an interception that he returned for a touchdown, a forced fumble and two pass deflections in six games against the Cowboys.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, sources believe Pierre-Paul will be healthy to play against the Cowboys, but if he indeed returns it would come without the benefit of much of an offseason, training camp or preseason games.
Last year Hakeem Nicks missed most of the offseason, training camp and preseason games because of foot surgery. He played in the season opener against the Cowboys but was not a factor, catching four passes for 38 yards. The Cowboys won, 24-17.
With another key component of the Giants squad coming off injury this year, the Cowboys could benefit again.