Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul told New York's defensive line coach Robert Nunn that he will return to the team.
Pierre-Paul spoke with a member of the Giants last Sunday for the first time since a July 4 fireworks accident resulted in the defensive end having his right index finger amputated. Pierre-Paul spoke to general manager Jerry Reese, and Nunn said he has been in contact with the player regularly since then.
Nunn said the conversations with Pierre-Paul have been “mostly” about things other than football, and that he told Pierre-Paul that the Giants are there for him with whatever he needs.
“His response is: ‘Coach I’m good. I’m going to get myself right and I’ll be back.’ That’s kind of where it stands,” said Nunn.
New York head coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that he anticipates talking to Pierre-Paul for the first time since the accident by the end of the week.
Pierre-Paul, who is reportedly rehabbing his hand injury away from the team near his South Florida home, has not yet signed his $14.8 million franchise tag tender for next season. The Giants can rescind the tender, thus making him a free agent.
- Molly Geary