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Jason Pierre-Paul to miss rest of regular season after hernia surgery

Jason Pierre-Paul to miss rest of regular season after hernia surgery
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul prepares to leave the field after a game against the Browns last week. (Ron Schwane / Associated Press)

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is going to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery to repair a sports hernia.

The 27-year-old old tweeted on Wednesday that he had surgery and was feeling well. Pierre-Paul sustained the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The normal recovery time from hernia surgery is four to six weeks, so Pierre-Paul needs the Giants (8-4) to end a four-year playoff drought to play again this season.

After struggling last season following a July 4 fireworks accident that mangled his right hand, Pierre-Paul was starting to show signs that he was returning to the form that made him one of the league's top defensive ends. He had 5 1/2  sacks in two games, and returned a fumble for a touchdown in games against the Bears and Browns.

"We know if we keep playing the way we are playing and keep winning these games, he is going to be back and on the field with us," safety Landon Collins said of Pierre-Paul. "If we play like we are down and not come with it all, he is going to be down even more because we are not going to be in the playoffs."

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