New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to rejoin the team on Monday and take a physical.
Pierre-Paul has been away from the team all off-season while dealing with a contract dispute and then a hand injury.
He had his right index finger amputated after a July 4 fireworks accident, and his physical will be the first opportunity team medical staff will have to examine him. After the examination, Pierre-Paul and the team are expected to discuss when he will be ready to play again.
The Giants placed a franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in March, and the deadline for tagged players to sign a long-term deal passed on July 15. Pierre-Paul was unhappy with the tag's $14.8 million value, and has not yet signed it.
The Giants have not rescinded the offer, but if Pierre-Paul signs it he could be placed on the non-football injury list. If he is placed on the NFI list, he could receive no pay for the first six weeks of the season.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Pierre-Paul, 26, started all 16 games for the Giants last year and logged 53 tackles with 12 1/2 sacks.
- Erin Flynn