NEW YORK (AP) The Giants are aware of an incident involving Jason Pierre-Paul and fireworks, but the team is unsure about the severity of any injuries to the star defensive end, a person with knowledge of the incident tells The Associated Press on Monday.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no information has been released publicly.
The team said in a statement that its first concern is for Pierre-Paul’s well-being.
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Pierre-Paul mentioned fireworks in a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, taken as he held a baby in a street near a parked rental van.
”Talk about fireworks on the ground,” Pierre-Paul said.
Pierre-Paul was to play 2015 on the $14.8 million franchise tag. But the two-time Pro Bowl pick has yet to sign the tender. The Giants can rescind the tender offer and make Pierre-Paul an unrestricted free agent. He’s earned more than $16 million in his first five seasons.
Selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Pierre-Paul didn’t start any games his rookie season. He had a breakout year in 2011, posting a career-high 16 1/2 sacks and playing a key role in helping the Giants beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The 26-year-old Pierre-Paul has 42 career sacks, including 12 1/2 last season.
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AP Pro Football writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.