Jason Pierre-Paul will return to the New York Giants next week, prior to the team's season-opening game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from Dan Graziano of ESPN.
Graziano wrote that "the team will examine his hand and make a determination about when he might be available to play."
Pierre-Paul suffered injuries in a Fourth of July fireworks accident that resulted in his having the index finger on his right hand amputated, as well as other injuries. Graziano wrote that Pierre-Paul "expects to be able to play early in the season."
The Giants have not seen Pierre-Paul or been able to examine him since the accident. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign the $14.8 million franchise tag tender the Giants offered him. Reality is, all along right before the opening of the season has been the most likely time for Pierre-Paul to return to the Giants. Graziano is also reporting that Pierre-Paul "won't sign it until he is sure the Giants won't place him on the non-football injury list."
A healthy Pierre-Paul could be the Giants' best pass rusher. It will be interesting to see what happens once Pierre-Paul does show up in East Rutherford. It finally, however, looks like the JPP circus is about to begin in New Jersey.