New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is rehabbing his hand injury away from the team near his South Florida home.
Pierre-Paul was injured in a fireworks accident on July 4 and had his right index finger amputated as a result. In addition to the amputation, NFL.com reports Pierre-Paul also had surgery to insert pins into a broken thumb and could be out until the end of training camp.
Giants owner John Mara told the New York Post Tuesday that the team is unsure when Pierre-Paul will report to training camp. The Giants have not seen the extent of Pierre-Paul’s injuries, Mara said.
Head coach Tom Coughlin told The MMQB’s Jenny Vrentas that he is also unsure whether Pierre-Paul will be with the team when training camp opens.
Pierre-Paul expects to be ready to play “sooner than a lot of people think,” a source told ESPN.com, which is also what a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier this month.
Before the accident, the Giants placed the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul. He did not sign a long-term contract extension before the July 15 deadline and has yet to sign his $14.8 million franchise tender. The Giants can rescind the tender but that would make him a free agent.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Pierre-Paul has recorded 286 tackles, 42 sacks and eight forced fumbles over his five seasons.
- Dan Gartland