A contingent of New York Giants officials apparently led by Ronnie Barnes and Jessie Armstead have reportedly left Florida without ever getting to see defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who suffered injuries to his hands in a Fourth of July fireworks accident.
Honestly, this is troubling. Either Pierre-Paul and his reps refused to see the Giants, or his injuries are sever enough that doctors would not allow him to visitors. We don't know for sure, of course, but this can't be a good sign.
Earlier Wednesday, we learned that Pierre-Paul wasn't the only NFL player to suffer a hand injury in a Fourth of July fireworks mishap. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson did, as well.
The Bucs have been in contact with Wilson and were able to release a statement.
"We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday. It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health. We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation."
Wilson, 25, is not nearly as prominent a player as Pierre-Paul. The Tampa Bay Times said that Wilson, who played in two games last season, "was already "facing long odds" to make the Tampa Bay roster.
Pierre-Paul has not signed his franchise tag tender and thus is technically not under contract to the Giants, making the entire situation even messier.