EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Two months after injuring his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is expected to report to the New York Giants.
Coach Tom Coughlin would not discuss the situation Monday until Pierre-Paul reports. Teammates are expecting him.
Despite missing all of training camp, Coughlin would not rule him out for the season opener in Dallas on Sunday night - provided the doctors cleared him to play and he was fit.
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Pierre-Paul has not practiced in the new defensive system, and team doctors will be getting their first look at his hand. They are sure to be cautious; Pierre-Paul has a $14.8 million salary as a franchise player.
The Giants can put him on the non-football injury list if they don't think he is ready. He would not have to be paid until he passes their physical.
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