Coughlin: Jason Pierre-Paul will return when he's ready

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  • By Mark E. Ortega NFL.com
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New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Saturday he finally spoke to star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

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The two had a "good conversation" on Friday according to Coughlin, who also said Pierre-Paul wouldn't return to the team until he's healthy enough to get on the field.

"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."

The news comes a day after Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn said he exchanged texts with Pierre-Paul, who said he'd be back.

JPP is still recovering from injuries to both of his hands he sustained in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. He had his right index finger amputated as a result of the incident, which could lead to JPP being ready to return sooner than he otherwise would have.

When asked when the team could expect to see their star pass-rusher return to the team, Coughlin had no timetable.

"It could be whatever amount of time," Coughlin said. "I'm not even going to speculate."

Regardless of how long it is until he's back on the field, some progress was made between the player and his team at the start of the weekend.

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