With the Giants officially eliminated from playoff contention, getting Pierre-Paul some rest would make a ton of sense. Coming off back surgery, he was a shell of himself and then things got even worse after he injured his right shoulder against the Raiders in Week 10. By sitting JPP down, the Giants could also give rookie Damontre Moore some much-needed reps.Head coach Tom Coughlin was not sure on Monday which direction JPP's season would take:
"I think that’s up to the medical people. As far as I know right now, that decision has not come down. As a matter of fact, JPP feels better and as of last weekend, thought that this week he would be perhaps in a position where he might be able to practice and prepare himself to play. That’s the way the weekend was left. I don’t know anything different just now, but we will assess each one of those circumstances and I’m sure that the medical people will allow us to look at it if need be and make those kinds of decisions going forward."
JPP has 27 total tackles and two sacks in 11 games played this season. Regardless of whether he is 'finished' or 'diminished' going forward, the Giants will most likely keep JPP until his contract ends after the 2015 season. His cap hits the next two years are minimal: $3.5 mil next year and $2 mil in '15.
The Giants will need to see some semblance of his old form to keep him beyond that. In order for that to happen, he should be shut down so he can concentrate on next year. If he is not cleared for this week or next, there is no benefit in playing him Week 17 vs Washington, a meaningless game.