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Pierre-Paul, Giants talk for first time since fireworks accident

Jason Pierre-Paul’s talk with general manager Jerry Reese will remain private, Reese says. He was injured in a fireworks accident July 4.
Jason Pierre-Paul’s talk with general manager Jerry Reese will remain private, Reese says. He was injured in a fireworks accident July 4.
Published Aug. 4, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants finally have spoken with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul about injuries the former USF standout sustained in a fireworks accident July 4.

General manager Jerry Reese said Monday "it was a personal conversation, and I want to keep it private between him and I."

Reese said the Giants are not annoyed about their inability to communicate with Pierre-Paul. The team has not released details of the injuries in part because it has not been given the opportunity to examine him.

The team sent representatives to the Miami area after the accident but they were unable to visit in the hospital with Pierre-Paul.

Pierre-Paul reportedly had his right index finger amputated and suffered other injuries to his hand.

Coach Tom Coughlin has not spoken with Pierre-Paul. "But as long as someone in the building is talking to him, as long as Jerry is talking to him, then the lines of communication are open," he said. "I'm sure I'll end up on the phone with him soon."

Reese said that he also has spoken to Pierre-Paul's agent. Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his franchise tag tender, worth $14.8 million for 2015. Should he wind up on the non-football injury list once he signs it, the Giants would not be liable to pay him as long as he is on that list.

Sad news for Packers TE

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Packers tight end Andrew Quarless said he missed the first two days of training camp because his daughter died at birth last week.

After fully participating in his first practice of camp, Quarless shared the devastating news and said returning to football had been something of a safe haven. He struggled to keep his emotions in check after several family members, including his 5-year-old son, watched practice.

"You just can't take life for granted. … It's the saddest day of my life," Quarless said. "I thank this team for the type of support they have given me to help me get through this. Just very thankful for these guys. It's really a family in here.''

MORE PACKERS: Linebacker Clay Matthews said there is no cause for alarm after he missed practice with what coach Mike McCarthy termed knee soreness. McCarthy said the team was "just being smart with him."

ELAM OUT FOR SEASON: Ravens safety Matt Elam will have season-ending surgery within the next couple of days to repair a torn biceps sustained during the first week of training camp. The former Gator has a complete tear, which typically has a recovery time of 4-6 months.

BILLS: Offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was excited to join the team at training camp, and grateful to the organization for allowing him to keep his job. He spoke for 48 seconds and did not take questions. It was Kromer's first time back with the team since being placed on paid leave July 14, two days after he was charged with battery for punching a boy. The charges were dropped Friday, and Kromer was reinstated Sunday; he remains suspended by the team for the first six games. "I'm sure everybody wants to hear about what happened over the last couple of weeks, and I'm not at liberty to talk about it," he said. "All I can say right now is that I'm excited about being back.''

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COWBOYS: A day of trash talking by Dez Bryant led to a five-minute practice fight with cornerback Tyler Patmon. After Tony Romo broke it up, the two Oklahoma State products hugged it out and declared all is well.

Eagles: Linebacker Travis Long tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee for the second straight year.

LIONS: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata went on the non-football injury list with a hamstring ailment.

PANTHERS: Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will miss a few weeks with a right foot stress reaction, which is generally considered the early stages of a stress fracture. He fractured the same foot in January and missed the NFC division playoff game.