Report: ‘Very Possible’ That JPP Could Be Available Week One
Late Tuesday evening, a report with the latest on Jason Pierre-Paul’s fireworks-related injury made all Giants fans feel at least a little better.
“Jason Pierre-Paul has not yet ruled out being on the field for week one,” said NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, to the NFL Network. “At this point, based on his prognosis, [it’s] very possible [he'll play].”
Rapoport also downplayed the fact that Pierre-Paul would not be at training camp, stating that he would not have arrived early to Giants training camp early in the first place as he has yet to sign his franchise tag tender.
So now, how do the Giants handle Pierre-Paul’s status?
“Because he has not signed his franchise tender, the Giants cannot put him on the Non-Football Injury List, heading into training camp. It is my understanding that he’s not going to sign his tag until he is physically ready to play.
“What this means is that the Giants cannot, at this point, withhold any money from him. He may save himself millions by not having signed that franchise tag, by not being under contract, and by not allowing the Giants to put him on this NFI list.
Now the Giants have a decision to make, do they allow him to wait and sign the tag? Or do they rescind the tag? It is my understanding that they are not planning to rescind the tag.”
Rapoport also indicated that the Giants head trainer did not visit Pierre-Paul in the hospital on Tuesday, despite multiple reports, and that the team might not physically evaluate the defensive end until he signs his franchise tag tender.