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Report: Jason Pierre-Paul will return to Giants before season opener

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90)

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts after a defensive play against the Houston Texans in the second quarter of an NFL game on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. Photo Credit: AP / Bill Kostroun

The Giants still do not have an RSVP from JPP, but one report indicates that the defensive end will arrive at the team's facility prior to the Sept. 13 regular-season opener.

NFL Network cites several sources who say Jason Pierre-Paul is "progressing very well" in his rehab from the fireworks mishap on July 4 that led to various injuries to his right hand and the amputation of his index finger.

The report also states that Pierre-Paul intends to report to the Giants and sign his franchise tag tender (or at least a version of it) prior to the start of the regular season, but there is no certainty whether he will be available to play in that opener against the Cowboys.

The Giants have not yet examined Pierre-Paul's injuries nor have they been given access to his medical records. The $14.8 million franchise tag tender has not been rescinded, but the Giants have made it clear they will want to have their medical staff examine Pierre-Paul before anything is inked. The total value of the one-year tag deal could be negotiated down in exchange for, say, avoiding the non-football injury list, which would sideline Pierre-Paul for six weeks without pay.

Pierre-Paul joked on Twitter on Sunday about the incident, first saying that his injury was "not a setback" and then quickly correcting a typo in the first statement by adding: "lost a finger lol."

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