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Giants' Pierre-Paul has back surgery

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New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery Tuesday morning to fix a herniated disc in his lower back, and is expected to be ready for the season.

Pierre-Paul will need about 12 weeks to recover, the team said.

"Jason has been experiencing lower back pain that past couple months," Ronnie Barnes, Giants Sr. Vice President of Medical Services, said in a statement. "He has managed the discomfort with treatment and core strengthening exercises."

Pierre-Paul, 24, visited two doctors last week at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and both felt surgery was best.

The condition affected him last season.

Though he will be ready for Week 1, Pierre-Paul will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.

The 15th overall pick in 2010 had a breakout season in 2011, with a 16.5 sacks. His production fell off to 6.5 sacks last season, possibly due to his lingering back issues.

"My back has been bothering me for a while, and even last season I played through some back issues," Pierre-Paul said. "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."
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