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NFL Notes: Jason Pierre-Paul, Bills, Browns, & Steelers

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Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News confirms that DE Jason Pierre-Paul is scheduled to meet with the Giants on Tuesday, and is expected to be re-examined by the team’s doctors.

However, Vacchiano adds that there are some in the organization who doubt JPP’s hand has healed enough for him to be cleared to return to the field.

The Giants’ doctors previously assessed the damage to Pierre-Paul’s, so they’re clearly aware of his hand’s condition. The expectation is that it hasn’t healed enough to gain medical clearance.

Regarding the idea that JPP could file a grievance against the Giants if he’s not cleared, a league source tells Vacchiano that it’s likely a longshot since it’s clear to both sides that the injury wasn’t football-related.

If Pierre-Paul ends up being cleared, the Giants would likely try to renegotiate the terms of his franchise tender, and possibly agree to not place him on the non-football injury list.


  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer is scheduled to return from his suspension today.


Former Steelers HC and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher said Sunday that if it were up to him, he would release QB Johnny Manziel following his domestic incident.

“I’ve watched Johnny Manziel now for a year and a half and I think he’s a backup quarterback at best. And he’s a distraction off the field,” Cowher said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “And listen, I believe in second chances but after the second chance, to me there’s a zero-tolerance policy. He can’t put himself into the position he put himself into.

“I would ask for his release and I would do it for this reason: in that locker room players want accountability … and that’s the message that needs to be sent right here, that you’re accountable for your actions both on the field and off the field.

Browns coach Mike Pettine refused to address Cowher’s comment after Sunday’s overtime loss to the Broncos.


Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he plans to see how his knee holds up on Wednesday before making any decision regarding this status for Week 7.

We’re going to tape it and brace it and I’m going to see what I can do,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “My plan is to go out Wednesday and practice. We’ll see what happens. I know I’ve got to be smart about it. I’ve got to be able to defend myself. We’re just going to take it day by day.”

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