Thursday, June 21, 2018
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JPP feels 'fortunate I'm alive'

Meeting with the media for the first time since the fireworks accident that threatened his life and nearly ended his NFL career, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he's grateful to be alive and humbled to return to the team.

Pierre-Paul, a former USF standout, declined to share explicit details of the accident, saying, "Someone will get the story. It will come out later. It's not about me anymore. I'm here to play football."

He signed an incentive-driven, $8.7 million contract Tuesday and took part in contact work Wednesday. He said Friday that he wouldn't attend Sunday's game at New Orleans.

The elite pass rusher did not set a timetable for his return.

He acknowledged the dangers of fireworks and said the show he has put on for kids in his Miami neighborhood for six or seven years will end.

"I wasn't in shock," Pierre-Paul said of the explosion. "I looked at my hand. My fiancee was going crazy, but I kept calm through whole situation.

"When I was in the hospital, I saw a kid die. I feel very fortunate I'm alive. … What happened to my hand was bad, but I've seen worse."

FANTASY LAWSUIT: Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon filed a class-action lawsuit against fantasy sports website FanDuel, accusing it of profiting off his name and likeness without permission. The suit represents the latest legal challenge for the daily fantasy industry, which has attracted scrutiny since a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz at the start of the season. FanDuel has a marketing partnership with the Redskins, who have a "FanDuel lounge" at their stadium. Draft­Kings has a partnership with the NFL players union that allows it to use player names and likenesses.

Ratliff threats: Former Bears defensive lineman Jeremiah Ratliff threatened staff and said he "felt like killing everybody in the building" the day before he was cut, according to a suburban Chicago police report. Ratliff also said, "I am the devil" and wished staff member's children would die, the Lake Forest police report dated Oct. 21 said. It says an officer responded when someone at Halas Hall called police to report that Ratliff was "very angry and irrational." The club cut Ratliff on Oct. 22, the day after the incident.

Wake out: Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake is out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon suffered Thursday against the Patriots, an MRI exam confirmed. Also, right tackle Ja'Wuan James (toe) is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

Browns: Quarterback Josh McCown's right shoulder has improved, which means he'll likely start Sunday.

Cowboys: Injured receiver Dez Bryant, listed as questionable for Sunday, said he wants to be smart about returning from a broken right foot but added, "If the decision was left all up to me, I would be playing."

Titans: QB Marcus Mariota (knee) will be held out and Zach Mettenberger will start Sunday.

Fines: The league docked Rams defensive tackle Nick Fairley and Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch $17,363 each for illegal hits on quarterbacks last weekend. Darrin Walls (Jets), Corey Liuget (Chargers) and Donald Penn (Raiders) were fined $8,681 each for unnecessary roughness.

Obituary: Former Cowboys running back Dennis Morgan died of an apparent heart attack suffered Sunday at MetLife Stadium as he watched his former team play the host Giants. He was 63. He played one year for Dallas, in 1974, where he set a franchise record that still stands with a 98-yard punt return.

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