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When will Jason Pierre-Paul meet with Giants?

FILE - This is a July 24, 2014,

FILE - This is a July 24, 2014, file photo showing New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul talking to reporters during an NFL football camp in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants are aware of an incident involving Jason Pierre-Paul and fireworks, but the team is unsure about the severity of any injuries to the star defensive end, a person with knowledge of the incident tells The Associated Press on Monday, July 6, 2015. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no information has been released publicly. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Credit: AP / Seth Wenig

Tom Coughlin is waiting to hear about Jason Pierre-Paul like just about everyone else.

"I wish I knew," the Giants coach said when asked if he had any information on Pierre-Paul's meetings expected to take place with the team and, more importantly, the medical staff, this week. Coughlin said he is unaware of any plans for JPP to visit with the team on Wednesday.

"Not that I know of," he said.

Pierre-Paul has been away from the team almost the whole time since the July 4 fireworks accident that resulted in the amputation of his right index finger and damage to his thumb and middle finger. He visited in early September, hoping to be cleared to play and sign his $14.8-million tender but was sent home to Florida for further rehab and recovery.

The Giants have only one more chance to meet with Pierre-Paul, technically a free agent although the team holds his rights as a franchise tag player. According to league rules, free agents are limited to two medical evaluations before signing. So now it appears the negotiations between the two sides are to somehow make certain that Pierre-Paul's hand is as close to football functional as possible without actually having team doctors examine him.

There is also the business matter to be worked out. Pierre-Paul will collect nowhere near the $14.8 million he would have earned had he been uninjured and signed the tender at the start of training camp as many expected. The Giants have a Nov. 17 deadline to negotiate a tender with Pierre-Paul or he will have to sit out the entire season.


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