The New York Giants are down one of their best defensive players again as DE Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery Wednesday morning to repair a sports hernia and his injured groin and is likely to sidelined for the rest of the regular season.

The recovery time for JPP is expected to be at least six weeks, a source told ESPN, which would keep him sidelined until the conference championship round.

Losing Pierre-Paul, who is a free agent at the end of the season, is significant for the Giants (8-4). He was having a comeback season after losing his right index finger and parts of several others in a Fourth of July weekend fireworks accident last year.

Pierre-Paul posted a picture from the hospital on Instagram Wednesday morning.

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A photo posted by Jason Pierre-Paul (@iamjasonpierrepaul) on

He suffered a groin injury in the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. There was some optimism after an initial MRI that Pierre-Paul didn’t have a sports hernia and surgery wasn’t necessary. That changed after his visit Tuesday to renowned surgeon Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.

Pierre-Paul, 27, had 53 tackles and seven sacks in 12 games this season. He led the Giants and was second in the NFL with eight batted passes.

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