A source with knowledge of the situation told NJ.com that Jason Pierre-Paul's hand "is going to be okay" following Saturday's fireworks scare.
ESPN, the New York Daily News, and NJ.com are all now essentially disputing Twitter rumors that Pierre-Paul had lost fingers and/or parts of his hand. ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted Sunday that Pierre-Paul's injury "may not be game or season threatening." The exact nature of JPP's injury remains unclear.
The New York Daily News confirms an ESPN report that Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul's hand injury is "not believed to be career threatening."
The source added that Pierre-Paul isn't believed to be in danger of losing his hand. A woman who tweeted that she was lighting fireworks from a U-Haul truck full of them Pierre-Paul had allegedly purchased has since deleted her Twitter account. Pierre-Paul did indeed injure his hand, but the extent remains unclear, and indications from reliable media outlets indicate the injury may not be so much as game threatening, let alone a threat to JPP's career.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, "early indications are" Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul's hand injury is "not career threatening."
Schefter reports doctors are still in the process of determining the full extent of JPP's injuries sustained in Saturday's fourth-of-July fireworks accident. But the "early indications" are not as bleak as Twitter-based rumors, which indeed hinted Pierre-Paul's career could be in doubt. Various unconfirmed rumors have had Pierre-Paul missing fingers and/or parts of his hand.
Andy Slater of WINZ in Florida reports Giants unsigned franchise player Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a "severe" hand injury during a fireworks accident on the fourth of July.
JPP is from Florida and played college ball at USF. He has not signed his franchise tender and therefore is currently not under contract. If the hand injury is severe enough, the Giants could rescind Pierre-Paul's tender and be off the hook for his $14.813 million salary, sending JPP into unrestricted free agency. We'll wait for the rumors to be confirmed to pass along anything definitive, but there are whispers that JPP may have lost fingers and/or parts of his hand.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes the Lions envision second-round pick Ameer Abdullah as an eventual feature back.
Abdullah's detractors see him as a Gio Bernard- or Shane Vereen-type scatback. Birkett believes the Lions feel Abdullah can handle a heavier workload, saying the Nebraska alum "has the potential to be the Lions’ primary running back." Birkett envisions Joique Bell opening the season as Detroit's lead runner, "at least early on," but states that "the job will be Abdullah’s before long."
The Denver Post's Troy Renck anticipates Montee Ball mixing in for "seven to eight" carries per game behind C.J. Anderson.
Renck has Anderson ticketed for 18 carries a game. Before flopping last year following a preseason appendectomy, Ball averaged 4.66 yards per carry as a change-of-pace back behind Knowshon Moreno as a rookie in 2013. Ball's career YPC average currently stands at 4.18. Ball has been a fantasy disappointment through two NFL seasons, but he can be effective in a complementary role. He'll also offer handcuff appeal behind Anderson.
The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes C.J. Anderson "can roll for 1,400 yards" in the Broncos' zone-blocking scheme.
1,400 rushing yards would've ranked second in the league last season behind only DeMarco Murray (1,845). Renck describes Anderson as "a bowling ball with legs," and believes C.J. is "physically prepared for the grind" after improving his conditioning level this offseason. Renck projects Anderson to handle "18 carries per game" as the Broncos' "bellcow." 24-year-old Anderson is a fantasy first-rounder who often lasts until the second round of drafts.
According to Raiders OL coach Mike Tice, Trent Richardson shed weight this offseason, which helped some of his quickness to return.
We've been pining for T-Rich to shed weight for years. It sounds like he's finally done so, and according to Tice it showed during the offseason program. "I thought the young man out of Alabama came on," said Tice. "He lost some weight, his quickness came around." Richardson is battling Roy Helu and Latavius Murray for snaps in Oakland's backfield. In all likelihood, Murray will be the Week 1 starter with Helu playing on passing downs.