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Jason Cole: Jason Pierre-Paul to return to the Giants this week

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By Anthony Caruso III

The New York Giants will reportedly have defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul report to the team tomorrow or Tuesday. The news was first reported by Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole.

JPP has been holding out after suffering a significant hand injury on July 4th in South Florida. After the fireworks accident, he had damage to his hand.

Jason Pierre-Paul (Getty Images)

Jason Pierre-Paul (Getty Images)

There were reports that Pierre-Paul would report to the team last week. However, that was not the case, so one must take this news with a grain of salt because we won’t know if he actually does until he gets there.

The report also says that he’ll sign the team’s franchise tender. Yet, the team is not ready to make him eligible to return to the field since they’re not sure he can be a top passer rusher with a busted hand.

He may not be able to pass a physical — and if that’s the truth, the team could put him on the NFL list. If that happens, the team has the right to pay him a weekly salary instead of his massive contract.

The two teams may agree to a lesser contract, but that must happen before November 17th’s franchise-tag deadline. This deadline forces the team or JPP to do something even if neither side likes what those actions are.

The 26-year-old hasn’t played at all this season, and he may not even play in a single game, depending on what the Giants trainers and staff say.

Last season, he had 12.5 sacks in all 16 games with 77 tackles. It was the second-time that he broke more than 10 sacks in a season, as he has a career-high 16.5 sacks in 2011.

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