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Jason Pierre-Paul discharged from hospital following finger amputation

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been discharged from the South Florida hospital where he had his right index finger amputated following a July 4 fireworks accident. A source confirmed to ESPN on Thursday that Pierre-Paul was no longer a patient at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

According to another source, there still has been no formal contact between Pierre-Paul and the Giants regarding the next steps in his rehab, but the team hopes to communicate with him as soon as possible about what he and they can expect.

Last Wednesday, Pierre-Paul had the finger amputated and had surgery to repair fractures in his right thumb. The recovery time from those procedures is estimated at six weeks, but there are plenty of questions still to answer about how much Pierre-Paul will be able to train and work out, if at all, in the meantime. He also has yet to practice in the new defense being installed by new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, as Pierre-Paul opted out of OTAs and minicamp due to his inability to get a long-term contract from the team.

Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his $14.813 million franchise player tender, but barring some alarming and unforeseen new information, the Giants have no plan to rescind it. The two sides will ultimately have to decide how to proceed financially for this year. The deadline for franchise players to sign a multiyear contract is 4 p.m. ET Wednesday. After that, Pierre-Paul can only sign a one-year deal.

He is unlikely to sign the franchise tender until he is healthy, league sources told ESPN's Ed Werder on Friday. If he were to sign the tender, the Giants could put him on the nonfootball injury list at the start of camp. If he's still on that list at the start of the regular season, he has to miss at least the first six games, and the Giants could elect not to pay him for those games. But if Pierre-Paul doesn't sign the tender before camp, then he gains some control over when he gets on the field and could prevent the team from starting him on the nonfootball injury list to begin the season.

But before those conversations can happen, the two sides must first figure out more than they currently know about what can be expected in terms of Pierre-Paul's return to the field. At this point, the team has said its primary concern is for Pierre-Paul's health and well-being.

Information from ESPN's Ed Werder contributed to this report.