The Fourth of July is a time for America to celebrate the formation of the country when the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England. But, the New York Giants organization were not in celebration mode, instead they were left with a bad taste heading into training camp when Jason Pierre-Paul took a fireworks incident too far.
Pierre-Paul has since had his right index finger amputated without the consent of the Giants. This serious injury now leaves the organization with a high level of uncertainty for their star defensive end.
It was a mistake, but this occurrence leaves the organization with a series of complex question marks. The biggest of them all being whether or not the two-time Pro Bowler will be able to play on Sept. 13 against the Dallas Cowboys.
In theory, the possibility of Pierre-Paul returning in time for the opening contest doesn't seem promising. The communication between the two sides has been limited. After a month of silence, Pierre-Paul finally reach out to the organization, most notable being coach Tom Coughlin on Friday.
"He's looking forward to coming," Coughlin said. "He's anxious to be here. But he's not going to come until he feels like he's ready to be able to play.
Pierre-Paul decided to amputate his index finger in order to speed up his return to the field. There is no timetable for when Pierre-Paul will be back in a Giants uniform.
"It could be whatever amount of time," Coughlin said. "I'm not even going to speculate."
There is a concern with the pass rush. The Giants have high hopes for Kerry Wynn and Robert Ayers, who are being determined as the front runners to start at the defensive end positions during Pierre-Paul's absence. Damontre Moore, who is the current sack leader on the roster from last season with 5.5, will be thrown into the mix. The Giants also acquired George Selvie during the offseason. Selvie should provide a veteran presence.
Regardless, the Giants are weak at the front lines without their star pass rusher. Rumors have surfaced that the Giants could look at Aldon Smith. There's no secret the trouble ex-49ers linebacker can get to the quarterback. It's just a matter of having disgruntled player in the locker room.
Coughlin will have to play the cards he has been handed. For now, the Giants will have to play the waiting game with Pierre-Paul's health.
Selvie said earlier in the week, "I talked to Jason. He's doing well, he is just trying to get healthy, so we're just waiting on him to get healthy and come back and join the team."