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Giants owner beyond point of annoyance with Jason Pierre-Paul saga


Six weeks have passed since Jason Pierre-Paul suffered a traumatic and devastating hand injury during a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July. And the fact that the New York Giants have little to no idea regarding the extent of the defensive lineman’s injuries nor his potential availability this season has the team’s owner, John Mara, beyond the point of frustration.

“I’m beyond the point where I’m annoyed,” Mara told Mike Francesa on Monday during an interview on New York’s WFAN. “I wish he’d handled it better but we’re beyond that. Do I wish he came here and had our doctors look at him? Yes.”

While some members of the Giants organization have been in touch with Pierre-Paul, including general manager Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin, among others, the manner in which the saga has dragged on without any sense of coming to a conclusion is beginning to wear upon the team.

Coughlin, who previously deemed the entire debacle a “fiasco,” continued to express uncertainty regarding Pierre-Paul before Monday’s practice, saying, “There’s nothing much we can do. He comes in when he feels like coming in.”

Pierre-Paul has only utilized his own doctors in treating and rehabbing his injuries, which include at least an amputated index finger, a broken thumb and burns so severe he required skin grafts. He also hasn’t divulged to the Giants any timetable related to his possible return.

“The biggest concern is we don’t know what the extent of the injury is,” said Mara, who called the situation “very frustrating” in July. “When he shows up, we’ll evaluate him. We’ve been led all along to believe by his people he’ll be able to play this year.”

Adding to the uncertainty regarding Pierre-Paul’s short-term future is he has not yet signed his $14.813 million franchise tender, if the Giants don’t decide to pull the offer. If he does, the Giants can place him on the non-football injury or illness list and the parties can proceed from there.