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New York Giants headlines for Saturday, 8/1.

Eli Manning hands to Rashad Jennings during Friday's practice.
Eli Manning hands to Rashad Jennings during Friday's practice.
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here are your headlines for this Saturday, the first day of August and the second day of training camp practice for the Giants.

Autograph rules changed after bleacher buckles

A crush of fans trying to get an autograph from Odell Beckham Jr. following Friday's practice caused a dangerous situation Friday in which a section of bleachers "shifted" and some fans were trampled. As a result, autograph signing rules have been changed. Here is a statement from the Giants on the matter:

"A portion of a bleacher shifted during the autograph session following training camp practice today. According to Seating Solutions, the supplier of the bleachers, the shift was caused due to an unexpected surge in spectators. There were no injuries reported as a result of that incident, and the fans were immediately removed from the area. Representatives and engineers from Seating Solutions will examine all of the bleachers surrounding the practice fields this evening and make any necessary adjustments.

"Additionally, the post-practice autograph session will be relocated to the Kids' Zone area at the north end of the practice fields and autographs will be limited to children 12 and under."

Newsday reported that the bleachers "did not collapse but bent several inches." Even before the bleacher incident, Newsday said the scene was chaotic:

One female fan fell to the ground with a seizure only to have others step over and around her to try to get at Beckham (she was aided rather quickly by medical and security staff; the Giants said she was treated on site and released). At least five young children were brought to tears, pinned against the barricades that were supposed to keep them in line. One teenage girl in a body brace was crying while her father screamed at those who were pushing against her and her broken back.

Friday was one of only nine training camp practices that will be open to the public. With Beckham and Victor Cruz signing autographs the crowd was easily the largest since the Giants moved training camp to New Jersey. An official attendance figure has yet to be released.

Jason Pierre-Paul updates

Friday we saw the first photos of Jason Pierre-Paul since he had his right index finger amputated following a Fourth of July fireworks accident. Giants teammates said Friday they believe Pierre-Paul will continue to play well despite the amputation. Here is defensive end Robert Ayers, using a somewhat unfortunate analogy to make his point:

"JPP is the type of person where, if you cut his hand off he's going to work on every other part of his body to get that better," he said. "No pun intended on the hand situation, that's just how he is. Once he's cleared to go I think he'll be ready to go . . . I have a lot of confidence that he will be a very dominant player going forward in his career."

Co-owner John Mara said he "can't really react" to the photos.

Here is an entertaining video of Giants' offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz trying to analyze the "Manningface."

More from Big Blue View

If you weren't paying attention on Friday, here is some of what you missed.

Beckham and Cruz took part in Friday's first training camp practice.

The Giants announced the signing of wide receiver James Jones.

Eli Manning doesn't seem to care how much Russell Wilson got from the Seattle Seahawks.

We look at five position battles to watch during camp.

Around the league

The Washington Redskins signed outside linebacker Junior Galette to a one-year deal. Galette was released by the New Orleans Saints following off-the-field issues.

Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland has been suspended for one game by the NFL.

Darren McFadden opened Dallas Cowboys training camp on the PUP list.

Could Mark Sanchez be the starting quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles?