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Tom Coughlin on Jason Pierre-Paul: 'Nothing's changed'

Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants looks on during

Jason Pierre-Paul of the Giants looks on during conditioning drills at Quest Diagnostics Training Center on July 21, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Mike Stobe

All that flurry of activity and emotion that came with the sudden arrival and then quick departure of Jason Pierre-Paul early this week yielded two words from Tom Coughlin that summed up the situation.

"Nothing's changed," he said about the team's approach to their injured franchise tag designee.

In the sense that the Giants are playing football and Pierre-Paul is not among them, that's true. The Giants medical staff did get a chance to evaluate his hand injuries and the coaches got to meet with Pierre-Paul for the first time since the July 4 fireworks mishap.

"He was in an outstanding frame of mind, was not ready to play, returned to South Florida," Coughlin said. "[We're] optimistic about going forward and feeling better, and continuing to work toward being able to come back. So we'll monitor that."

Coughlin, though, did not have a timeline for when that next evaluation might be.

"It's not going to be something that I have anything to say about anyway," he said. "It's going to be the medical people."

And, more than likely, the business people who will have to hammer out a contract that will be far below the $14.8 million that Pierre-Paul was to receive under the franchise tag (and which he hoped to collect by showing up when he did).

Pierre-Paul's quick turnaround from his trip to the New York area could create a dip in morale. His teammates were excited to see him and welcome him back on Monday, but he arrived at the complex after most of them had left for the day. Few actually had the opportunity to meet with him.

"No disrespect to JPP, but I don't know if a lot of guys put a lot of eggs in that basket," cornerback Prince Amukamara said. "You would hope that one of your biggest forces on defense would come back as soon as possible, but I don't know if guys are thinking he'll come back . . . I think we're just worried about the guys who are in this locker room."

Coughlin said he was not worried about that deflating effect.

"I think the fact that he came in the way he did, Mr. Personality, was there, and he felt good about himself and where he's been [helps]," Coughlin said. "I don't think there's anything to worry about there. Obviously, it'd be great if he was all healed and ready to go. But he's not."

That's the most important part. And the one that hasn't changed.

Notes & quotes: DE Cullen Jenkins (hamstring), LB Jon Beason (knee) and LB Jonathan Casillas (neck) were all limited in practice . . . Coughlin said signing veteran middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley was not a reflection on the team's confidence in Beason playing Sunday, but with the injury-prone Beason Coughlin called having a strong backup there "a necessity." . . . Eli Manning insisted that his statements in a Tuesday radio interview were not intended to establish a deadline for a contract extension before the start of the regular season. Still, he'd prefer it to be completed before Dallas and indications are it could be.

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