Thursday, October 22, 2015

Jason Pierre-Paul still a no-show at meeting with Giants: Report

The mystery surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul's return continued on Wednesday after the Giants defensive end had been expected to meet with team officials this week for a second time — since he injured his right hand in a Fourth of July weekend fireworks accident — but never showed up.

Even head coach Tom Coughlin had no idea when JPP will be bringing his mangled hand back to practice.

"I wish I knew," Coughlin said when asked if he had any info on Pierre-Paul's meetings expected to take place with the team and, more importantly, the medical staff, this week. 

Asked if Pierre-Paul was visiting with the Giants on Wednesday, Coughlin said: “Not that I know of. As soon as I have information, I’ll let you know.”

Pierre-Paul has been away from the team almost the whole time since the July 4 incident that resulted in the amputation of his right index finger and damage to his thumb and middle finger. 

He visited in early September, hoping to be cleared to play and sign his $14.8-million tender but was sent home to Florida for further rehab and recovery.

Since then, he has been peppering social media with images of himself working out and lifting weights.

The Giants have only one more chance to meet with Pierre-Paul, technically a free agent although the team holds his rights as a franchise tag player. According to league rules, free agents are limited to two medical evaluations before signing. So now it appears the negotiations between the two sides are how to make certain that Pierre-Paul's hand is as close to football functional as possible without actually having team doctors examine him.

There is also the business matter to be worked out. Pierre-Paul will collect nowhere near the $14.8 million he would have earned had he been uninjured and signed the tender at the start of training camp as many expected.

And the Giants' best pass rusher last season better hurry. If Pierre-Paul is not signed by Nov. 17, he will be ineligible to play this season.

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