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A second team source said prior to team practice that Pierre-Paul is “likely” to follow the advice of the medical personnel, but declined to offer specifics about the advice.
Pierre-Paul suffered the injury against Oakland on Nov. 10 but played in the next two games (against Green Bay and Dallas). He was on the field for less than half of the defensive plays against the Cowboys.
Pierre-Paul rode an exercise bike on the sideline during the portion of Thursday’s practice open to the media. Afterward he said his shoulder is “getting better, day by day.” But when asked about his status for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, he responded, “I don’t know yet.”
It’s been a disappointing season for Pierre-Paul, who has just two sacks, two years removed from finishing fourth in the league with 16.5. The Giants are second-to-last in sacks with 25, behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars (23).
Pierre-Paul missed most of training camp recovering from back surgery, returned for Week 1, but never got on track. He also suffered a knee injury in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, and then injured his shoulder in Week 10 against the Oakland Raiders. He played through those two injuries before finally sitting out the past two weeks — the first two missed games of his four-year NFL career.