Jun 052013
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Back Surgery for Jason Pierre-Paul: The Giants announced yesterday that DE Jason Pierre-Paul underwent a successful surgical procedure (microdiscetomy) Tuesday morning to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

The Giants are saying that recovery and rehabilitation from the operation is anticipated to be approximately three months. The team is hoping that Pierre-Paul will be ready for the start of the season in September.

According to press reports, Pierre-Paul has had chronic back issues since college and he played with the back injury last season, receiving multiple epidural injections.

“Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months,” said Giants Senior Vice President of Medical Services Ronnie Barnes. “He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises. Last week, he was examined by Drs. Russell Warren and Frank Cammisa at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Both felt this procedure was the most prudent course of action. Dr. Watkins, after examining Jason yesterday, agreed. We expect a full and complete recovery.”

“The timing of his return to football will depend on his response to the rehabilitation program,’’ Watkins said. “We anticipate a full recovery.”

“My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues,” said Pierre-Paul. “The treatment I’ve been doing has helped manage the issue, but this procedure is going to get me fully healthy and there should be no more pain. I’m going to do everything the doctors tell me to do during my rehab so I can be back playing the game I love at a high level as quickly as possible.”

New York Giants Interested in Center/Guards Doug Legursky and Ryan Lee?: According to BuffaloBills.com, the Giants are one of several teams interested in OC/OG Doug Legursky (Pittsburgh Steelers). The other teams are said to be the Bills, Broncos, Chiefs, and Eagles.

Meanwhile, ArnSports.com is reporting that the Giants worked out unrestricted free agent OC/OG Ryan Lee this week. Lee has spent time on the practice squads of the Steelers and Saints.

Three OTAs to Go: The Giants’ final Organized Team Activity (OTA) practices are being held this week. Practices were held on Monday and Tuesday. The final three will be held today through Friday. Thursday’s OTA is open to the media.

The Giants have provided a video of the linebackers working at OTAs at Giants.com.

Next week the Giants will hold a mandatory, full-team mini-camp on June 11-13. The Giants will then be off until they have to report to training camp on July 26. The first training camp practice at the Timex Performance Center will be held on July 27.

NFL Network New York Giants Preview: The  video of yesterday’s NFL Network New York Giants 2013 preview is available at NFL.com.

Article on DE Adrian Tracy: ‘Yosi’ Ready to Seize Opportunity by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on Former Giant DE Michael Strahan and the Passing of DE Deacon Jones: Strahan on the Passing of Deacon Jones by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

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