The lack of communication between Tom Coughlin and Jason Pierre-Paul likely came to an end Friday night. The Giants' coach said on Friday that he expected to have a telephone conversation with the injured defensive end "shortly."
"I'm thinking that we're anticipating talking to him perhaps before the end of the week," Coughlin said, suggesting that such a talk was imminent. A source confirmed the plan for the call on Friday. Coughlin has not spoken to Pierre-Paul since he injured his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4.
Naturally, Coughlin and Pierre-Paul have some catching up to do. Coughlin outlined a few of the questions he expected to ask when they finally were connected.
"If and when it happens," Coughlin said, "I'm concerned about knowing how he feels. Where is he? How is he coming along? I won't even ask the extent of the injuries, but I'll let him tell me. Why isn't he here?"
Coughlin may not have open lines with Pierre-Paul, but others in the organization have been more in touch with him. Earlier this week, general manager Jerry Reese said in a radio interview that he had spoken with Pierre-Paul by phone. And defensive line coach Robert Nunn has been one of the few conduits of information between the team and the player since shortly after the accident.
For all of their talking and texting, though, Nunn said he does not know when Pierre-Paul will return to the team. "Anybody that [says they know], they're guessing," Nunn said. "Nobody knows right now."
There were early reports that it would take about six weeks for Pierre-Paul to heal from the amputated index finger and broken thumb he reportedly suffered in the mishap. It's been 41/2 weeks since his surgeries.
"When I talk to him, we talk more about where he is from a mental standpoint, just let him know that whatever he needs, we're here for him," Nunn said. "His response has been 'Coach, I'm good. I just want to get myself right and then I'll be back.' "
One thing Nunn can say with certainty: Pierre-Paul misses being with the Giants this training camp.
"Oh, there's no question," he said.
Apparently he misses it so much, he even was going to speak with Coughlin. At least that's what Coughlin thought. Of course, he also thought Pierre-Paul would show up for the veteran minicamp in June and be on hand for the start of training camp last week.
"I just have a premonition," Coughlin said with a grin when asked why he believed he would be speaking with Pierre-Paul shortly. "So far, my premonitions, none of them have come to pass."
Notes & quotes: After a tweet from former Giants center and current NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara questioning the Giants offensive line's toughness because of the number of starters out with injuries, offensive line coach Pat Flaherty defended his group. "I believe they want to be out there," he said of practicing without Ereck Flowers, Weston Richburg and Geoff Schwartz the previous several days. "As a group, we need them out there." Flowers and Richburg returned for a light non-contact practice Friday . . . Coughlin said players ruled out for Friday's preseason opener against the Bengals are unlikely to travel with the team for their week in Cincinnati. Figure linebacker Jameel McClain (neck) to be among those left behind. Coughlin said he is not sure if Victor Cruz, coming off a torn patellar tendon, will travel or play in the game.