Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia Wednesday morning after visiting with Dr. William Meyers.
He also underwent surgery to repair a groin injury, reports Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv.
Pierre-Paul is expected to miss "at least" six weeks, a team source told Vacchiano, meaning the NFC Championship game would be the earliest Pierre-Paul could return.
Pierre-Paul posted a picture on Instagram Wednesday morning confirming he underwent surgery.
New York initially hoped Pierre-Paul only sustained a groin injury in last Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers and that he could rehab the injury, but was left no choice after Meyers, who specializes in core muscle injuries, diagnosed him with a sports hernia.
Pierre-Paul was injured late in the second quarter when he was rushing toward QB Ben Roethlisberger and crumbled to the turf in pain. He walked gingerly back to the locker room, and was ruled out upon the start of the second half.
Following the game, Pierre-Paul did not seem worried about the injury.
"It's just pulled," Pierre-Paul said after the Giants' loss. "Not too many details that I know. No, it doesn't concern me at all. We'll see. It was frustrating, especially when I'm sitting out, it sucks to just watch it in our locker room."
Pierre-Paul was on a tear prior to the injury, racking up 5.5 sacks in the two games leading up to the matchup in Pittsburgh. The defensive end was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his dominant performance against the Browns in Week 12.
The 27-year old lineman has seven sacks, 53 tackles, three forced fumble, one fumble recovery and a touchdown through the first 12 games of the season.
Losing Pierre-Paul for an extended period of time would create a huge hole in the Giants' defense. That goes without saying. Many who don't believe that Pierre-Paul is an effective player any longer, think again. Before he got hurt halfway through the game against Pittsburgh, he had been on the field for 792 of the team's 830 defensive snaps, or 95.4 percent of the time.
He has 53 tackles and seven sacks and is up among the league leaders in QB hurries with 24 this season. He also has value in the form of batting down passes and can be an asset on special teams blocking PATs and FGs.
The real issue to be concerned with is who will replace him. The Giants have an underachiever in Owa Odighizuwa and may decide to give the reps to Kerry Wynn or Romeo Okwara, an UDFA out of Notre Dame.