New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul could miss "more than a month" of playing time, according to a report from Ian Rapoport and Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media. More from Rapoport:
"Jason Pierre-Paul won’t sign his $14.8M tag today or soon. His hand isn’t quite ready. Could be more than a month. ... Giants have not rescinded JPP’s franchise tag. He’ll sign it when he’s healthy & receive a prorated portion of $14.8M. He’s heading home."
Pierre-Paul is still apparently recovering from serious injuries sustained in a fireworks accident back in July. Pierre-Paul had one of his fingers amputated. The defensive end returned to the team for the first time since the incident this week but it appears the two sides have been unable to make much progress agreeing on a return.
With Pierre-Paul possibly missing "more than a month," it seems there is a chance he might miss the Giants' first game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Mon, Oct. 19. Pierre-Paul was one of the best players on a Giants defense that ranked No. 24 by Football Outsiders last season. Having to play without him could be a significant loss for the G-Men until he returns.