EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- In the New York Giants' Week 11 victory over the Green Bay Packers, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had the game-changing interception and return for a touchdown. After that game, he spoke of "putting it on" the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12 and predicted blood would be spilled. But in Sunday's disappointing Giants' loss to the Cowboys, Pierre-Paul was on the field for only 30 of a possible 68 defensive plays. The shoulder injury that has been bothering him for several weeks now was apparently a larger issue Sunday than it had been the week before.
"No doubt, it's a factor," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Pierre-Paul's injury. "He's been playing injured. He's been playing with it."
Coughlin seemed to indicate Pierre-Paul would continue playing in spite of the injury, though that obviously remains to be seen. And the amount Pierre-Paul will be able to play -- not to mention his effectiveness -- appears as though it will be determined at least in part by how he tolerates the pain he's having from week to week. It's a disappointing midseason setback for a player who had back surgery in June and was admittedly not himself for the first couple of months of the season. Just when Pierre-Paul's back began to feel better, a new injury came up. He collected just his second sack of the season two weeks ago against Oakland and injured the shoulder on the very next play.
The Giants' pass rush has picked up in recent weeks, but it still hasn't had the consistency it needs from its defensive ends in that department. The idea that Pierre-Paul has to play the rest of the season through a shoulder injury indicates that it probably won't.
In other Giants' injury news, center Jim Cordle left Sunday's game with a knee injury. Monday, Cordle said he has a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and he'll have further testing done on it Thursday to assess the extent of the damage. Cordle said the injury is not to a ligament, and that there's a chance he can play again this year, though Sunday night's game in Washington feels unlikely. Kevin Boothe moved from left guard to center to replace Cordle, and James Brewer took over at left guard. That arrangement likely would continue if Cordle has to miss more time.
No news Monday on cornerback Trumaine McBride, who left Sunday's game with a groin injury.