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Jason Pierre-Paul | Defensive Lineman

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 278
College: South Florida
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Giants owner John Mara emphasized Thursday that the team has "no idea" when Jason Pierre-Paul (thumb, finger) will report to camp.
"We don’t know the extent of the damage," Mara said. "That’s the problem. I don’t know how many fingers he has." It's quite a dramatic statement from JPP's boss. Mara again said he believed Pierre-Paul was getting "bad advice" from his agents, and that it is "sad." JPP's Week 1 status is clear as mud. Jul 30 - 3:34 PM

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin said DE Jason Pierre-Paul (thumb, finger) has "decided that he doesn’t want our help."

Coughlin sent a text to Pierre-Paul on July 5 saying, "How can I help you?" JPP still hasn't returned the text. He's also declined to allow any Giants medical personnel to examine him or spoken to any officials. As an unsigned franchise player, JPP apparently feels that giving the Giants any information can only hurt him. The Giants still have the right to rescind the $14.8M tender.
Source: SI.com
Jul 30 - 8:38 AM

Giants owner John Mara has "no idea" when unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul will report to training camp.

"I don’t think JPP is receiving good advice right now,’" Mara said. "He has told people that he’s fine and going to be ready to play, but until we see the hand, we’re just not sure. We obviously have to see him first and determine whether or not he’s capable of playing." Pierre-Paul was given a 6-8 week timetable, but has still yet to meet with team officials. The Giants could rescind JPP’s franchise offer or restructure his contract depending on how he checks out. Pierre-Paul is a candidate to open the season on the active/NFI list.
Jul 29 - 5:30 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora said the Giants are "nowhere close" to signing franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term contract.

At this point, the G-Men are still "trying to gather info" on his health. La Canfora said the Giants could offer Pierre-Paul a one-year deal structured differently than his current $14.8 million franchise tender. Pierre-Paul was released from the hospital Tuesday and will need at least 6-to-8 weeks to recover from a broken thumb and an amputated index finger.
Jul 15 - 11:53 AM

Jason Pierre-Paul (thumb, finger) has been discharged from the hospital.

It's been 10 days since Pierre-Paul's July 4 fireworks accident. Now the rehab process begins as he adjusts to an amputated right index finger and fractures in his thumb. Pierre-Paul, currently an unsigned franchise tagged player, will be in a rush to get medically cleared as he's going to miss paychecks for every game he's on the sidelines. The optimistic timetables have been set at 6-8 weeks for JPP's recovery.
Jul 14 - 12:03 PM

Former Jaguars head athletic trainer Mike Ryan expects Jason Pierre-Paul "to resume his high level of play when his thumb pain resolves."

Doctors don't seem overly concerned by the fact Pierre-Paul will be playing without part of his index finger -- losing the ring or middle finger would have been far worse. "Most people who have index ray amputation, people don't even notice they're missing a finger. It looks surprisingly normal and functionally, people do very well," said orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson. The bigger concern for JPP right now is the fractured thumb, which isn't expected to heal for 6-8 weeks at the earliest.
Jul 13 - 8:27 AM

Pro Football Talk reports Jason Pierre-Paul will sign his franchise tender if the Giants guarantee his salary.

If Pierre-Paul signs his tender before Week 1, the Giants could place him on the NFI list to start the season, which would keep him off the field at least the first six games. More importantly for JPP, the Giants could choose not to pay him while he is on the NFI list, costing him more than $870,000 a week. In that scenario, it does not make sense for Pierre-Paul to sign his tender until he is ready to play. If the Giants want him back sooner, they will have to guarantee his salary.
Jul 11 - 10:31 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Jason Pierre-Paul (finger) will not sign his franchise tender until he's sure he can pass his physical.

Pierre-Paul is trying to avoid being placed on the non-football injury list which would keep him out for at least six games. The Giants offered Pierre-Paul a $60 million extension earlier this offseason but rescinded it after hearing about his amputated finger. Pierre-Paul is also dealing with a fractured thumb. Despite the injuries, the Giants remain committed to Pierre-Paul at his current $14.8 million salary. Without a long-term deal, he'll enter free agency in 2016.
Jul 10 - 10:03 AM

A source tells NJ.com the Giants have no plans to sever ties with unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul following his fireworks accident and amputated right index finger.

Beat writer Jordan Raanan reports the Giants "fully intend" to keep Pierre-Paul at his $14.8 million franchise number. Pierre-Paul effectively shunned the Giants when they sent two officials to meet him in the hospital, but the Giants seem to be understanding that JPP was facing a crisis, and had to make difficult personal decisions concerning his own short- and long-term well being. Raanan concedes "no one knows" how Pierre-Paul will adapt to playing defensive end in the NFL with a missing finger, but the Giants appear willing to pay the price to find out.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 9 - 7:04 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Jason Pierre-Paul is dealing with "right thumb fractures" that will require six weeks to heal.

Obviously, this is in addition to the recovery period for Pierre-Paul's amputated right index finger, although the fractures are expected to take longer to heal. Werder reports JPP has undergone "numerous surgeries" following his fireworks accident, and will remain hospitalized for 2-3 more days.
Jul 8 - 10:06 PM

Jason Pierre-Paul's right index finger amputation was reportedly done to "minimize the damage" to his hand following a fourth of July fireworks accident.

Keeping the severely-damaged digit would have threatened the speed of Pierre-Paul's recovery. A source speaking to NJ.com told Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan that Pierre-Paul is expected to play "this year," and could "even be on the field by the start of the season." (This is likely agentspeak.) Fractures in Pierre-Paul's hand are expected to take longer to heal than the amputated finger. JPP is going to need to re-learn quickly how to use his surgically-repaired hands to beat offensive linemen and make tackles.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 8 - 8:34 PM

Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated on Wednesday.

Pierre-Paul's medical records show he underwent a "ray resection," leaving his finger amputated down to his knuckle. It's obviously terrible news after previous reports indicated JPP had only suffered flesh injuries. At this point, it's not clear what kind of on-field impact this will have on JPP. Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus and Cardinals S Rashad Johnson both play without the tip of their fingers, but Pierre-Paul's finger amputation sounds far more severe. Pierre-Paul reportedly elected to have the surgery to accelerate his recovery. JPP's camp believes he could be "back in fewer than two months," though that seems quite optimistic.
Jul 8 - 7:09 PM

According to the New York Daily News, Giants officials left Miami without visiting Jason Pierre-Paul (hand).

It's hard to judge the severity of Pierre-Paul's injury without seeing it but this obviously isn't a good sign. New York already pulled its long-term offer, which means JPP will enter free agency next offseason. Teammate Rashad Jennings told NJ.com that Pierre-Paul is "doing well" and "people will know more soon." The 26-year-old still hasn't signed his $14.8 million franchise tender.
Jul 8 - 2:08 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Giants officials have been in South Florida since Monday evening, but yet to be allowed to visit Jason Pierre-Paul (hand).

Per Schefter, the G-Men are "waiting patiently," and "hoping he's okay." The fact that JPP's employers have yet to be allowed into his hospital room is an obvious indication his injury is serious. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, however, he could still begin the year in the G-Men's lineup, avoiding the PUP list. Pierre-Paul's status will continue to be updated throughout the week.
Jul 7 - 5:34 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) is "likely" to begin the year on the NFI list, costing him the first six games.

Per Cole, the Giants believe Pierre-Paul "dodged a bullet" by only suffering "flesh injuries," but he's required skin grafts for his hand. The G-Men apparently have no idea how long it might take JPP to get back to 100 percent. While it's concerning that Pierre-Paul remains in the hospital, there's really no way of knowing his Week 1 status at this point. It's a bizarre situation for the Giants and their $14.8 million franchise player.
Jul 7 - 1:41 PM

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