The team reportedly believes that Pierre-Paul is not healthy enough to play, while he is possibly close to signing the one-year, $14.813 million franchise tender that he had been reluctant to sign before the injury. He is seeking a more lucrative long-term contract.
Even if he signs the deal, the report notes that the team could place Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list, which means he would not be paid. It's a very sticky situation, and with both sides disagreeing on his health and ability to play, the independent doctor is likely going to make the final call.
It had already been reported that Pierre-Paul completely blew off his index finger.
The length of his absence remains unknown. It is believed he will not return to action until at least October, but it has also been reported that the Giants fear he will miss the entire season.
At the earliest, an October return could be possible, but it is not a given. Pierre-Paul will likely have a medical re-check by October regardless of his playing status.
Even though the meeting this week went well, there remains concern allowing Pierre-Paul to return in the near future would still leave him vulnerable to opponents. After experiencing significant damage to his hand beyond losing a finger, Pierre-Paul requires more time to heal, adjust and build strength.
An ESPN report surfaced Saturday that some inside the Giants organization fear Pierre-Paul could be out for the season.
One source has claimed that Pierre-Paul not only blew off his right index finger in a July 4 fireworks accident, but also a portion of one of the other fingers on the same hand.
The team is not planning to withdraw its franchise tender on Pierre-Paul because it's not costing them anything. They don't have to pay him unless he signs it. And if he does sign, the Giants can place him on the non-football injury list, which would end his season.
That would give the team the opportunity to not pay him anyway since he has admitted that his injury was not football-related.
"He was in an outstanding frame of mind, but was not ready to play," Coughlin said, per NJ.com. "He returned to South Florida, optimistic about going forward and feeling better and continuing to work toward being able to come back. So we'll monitor that."
Pierre-Paul will remain on the reserve/franchise list and not count against the team's 53-man roster. Coughlin said he "wouldn't put any type of timeframe on" when Pierre-Paul might return.
"Nothing's changed. We've taken this path, and we're on it," Coughlin said. "And we'll stay on it. Hopefully at some point in time, Jason will be ready to play and we'll get the green light. If that doesn't happen, we'll stay with where we all."
|6||10/19/15||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|8||11/1/15||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|9||11/8/15||@ TB||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/29/15||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|14||12/14/15||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|16||12/27/15||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
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|2011||New York Giants||16||86||65.0||21||16.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2012||New York Giants||16||66||43.0||23||6.5||1||28||28.0||28||1||5|
|2013||New York Giants||11||27||20.0||7||2||1||24||24.0||24||1||4|
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