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Pierre-Paul: No club hand, no problem

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's first taste of full contact without using the club to protect his mangled right hand has been a success.

"I'm out there running and banging people, so I feel good," the two-time Pro Bowl player and former USF standout said. "My (right) hand feels like my left hand, just missing a couple fingers."

Oh, just that?

Pierre-Paul, 27, seems determined to make it that simple.

He returned to play the final eight games of last season after having his right index finger amputated and losing parts of two others in a Fourth of July fireworks accident four months earlier. He had offseason surgery that allows him to ditch the club and use a custom-made glove. The procedure allows him to grab better with his remaining fingers.

In Saturday's practice he scooped up a fumble by quarterback Eli Manning and ran 60 yards for a score. "I'm just playing football," he said. "Just made a touchdown, that's it. I was tired … but I was okay."

Giants coaches have been raving about his energy and speed in training camp. Pierre-Paul said he doesn't know what his schedule will be for the preseason or when he will play. "I don't care," he said. "Whatever they have for me, I'll just bring it."

LIONS TE INJURED: Lions tight end Eric Ebron was carted off the field after injuring his lower right leg. The team did not release the severity of the injury, though the NFL Network said it might be an Achilles. Ebron, drafted No. 10 overall in 2014, pounded the turf at Ford Field with his fist as he was evaluated by medical personnel. He was hurt while blocking on a play that the team called a mock game, which suddenly became too real for a club faced with the reality of a passing game without Calvin Johnson for the first time in a decade.

PLAYER CLAIMS INNOCENCE: Torrey Green, who was dropped by the Falcons this week over multiple sexual assault allegations, believes he will be found innocent. He also apologized to the Falcons for being a distraction. The team cut the rookie free agent linebacker Thursday after learning of allegations made while he was a student at Utah State. Logan police say four women separately reported being sexually assaulted by Green in 2015. Utah prosecutors are reviewing the cases again. Two cases stalled due to little evidence.

Pierre-Paul: No club hand, no problem 08/06/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2016 8:52pm]
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