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Tom Coughlin says Jason Pierre-Paul still uncertain of return to Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates after making a tackle in

Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates after making a tackle in a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 5, 2012. Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Tom Coughlin said it was good to speak with Jason Pierre-Paul over the phone Friday evening, but ultimately he came away without much more information than he had when the lines of communication between player and coach were closed.

"Everybody's had a good conversation, and mine was the same," Coughlin said of the chat, which followed others that Pierre-Paul has had with other coaches and front-office personnel, including general manager Jerry Reese earlier in the week. "Do I know anything more than I did before? No. Do I know when he's coming? He's looking forward to coming, he's anxious to be here, but he's not going to come until he feels like he's ready to be able to play."

Coughlin wouldn't speculate how long that will be.

There were positives.

"I was glad to hear his voice," Coughlin said. "He sounded good. He sounded interested that he wanted to get back here. His baby and his fiancee are doing well and he wishes he was here, too. So we'll see."

Pierre-Paul injured his right hand in a fireworks mishap on July 4 and had his right index finger amputated. He also suffered other injuries to the hand. There were early reports that it would take six weeks for those injuries to heal, which would put a possible return around the time of the team's second preseason game.

Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his $14.8-million contract as the team's franchise tag player. The Giants want to examine him to determine the extent of the injuries before they agree to anything, which is why Pierre-Paul wants to be as close to fully healed as he can be before showing up. And why, for several weeks, he essentially was incommunicado with the organization.

Coughlin did not seem to mind that he appears to be one of the last people on the organizational phone chain for Pierre-Paul to speak with.

"He's little by little tried to make his contacts," Coughlin said. "That is a positive thing."


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