Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul hasn’t returned to the New York Giants since injuring his hand in a fireworks accident, but the 26-year-old plans on coming back—when he’s ready.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn has been in constant contact with Pierre-Paul, and the former first-round pick offered a simple non-specific timetable for his return:
JPP's message, according to Robert Nunn: "Coach, I’m good, I want to get myself right, and I’ll be back."
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) August 7, 2015
Nunn’s statement echoes that of Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Per Jordan Raanan of NJ Advance Media, Hankins said:
“Yeah, I talked to him. He’s doing good, rehabbing and getting his hand right. I guess when the time presents itself, he’ll come back whenever he feels comfortable.”
Pierre-Paul, who had a finger amputated following the accident on July 4, recorded 12.5 sacks and forced three fumbles last season. He also accumulated 53 solo and 24 assisted tackles.
A slight problem remains, though. New York pulled the $14.8 million franchise tag shortly after the accident, so the South Florida product doesn’t have a contract. All indications are Pierre-Paul will re-sign with the Giants, but for how much and for how long are currently unknown.
Pierre-Paul must return to game form, which is perhaps easier said than done. Nevertheless, when JPP feels he’s reached that point, he’ll be back on the sideline with his teammates in New York.
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