The ongoing New York Giants offseason continues to make waves with news that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday.
This coming 10 days after Pierre-Paul was admitted to the South Florida hospital after a July 4 fireworks accident led to an amputated right index finger. He would later have surgery to repair fractures in his right thumb.
The news of the 26-year-old’s accident puts a dent in the new defense being implemented bycoordinator Steve Spagnuolo, a defense Pierre-Paul has yet to take part in after opting out of the voluntary OTA’s and the mandatory minicamp during the spring do to contract issues.
The two-time Pro Bowler and 2011 All-Pro was designated with the Giants franchise tag and they tendered him a one-year, $14.81 million offer.
If he were to sign the tender, the Giants could put him on the non-football injury list at the start of camp. If a player remains on the list at the start of the regular season, he could miss at least six games, thus giving the Giants control to not pay him.
Pierre-Paul does not seem to be in a rush to sign the contract. According to ESPN, the defensive end is unlikely to sign his tender until he is confident he can pass the team’s physical. With this, Pierre-Paul controls when he can step onto the field. Not signing the tender before camp would prevent the team from placing him on the non-football injury list.
There has been no word on if the Giants and Pierre-Paul have communicated about the rehabilitation process. The injury is estimated to take at least six weeks to recover from.