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Giants MLB Jon Beason left Saturday night's exhibition game with a left knee sprain. It's not yet clear how long the team can expect him to be out, but it's just the latest injury for a guy who has suffered many in recent seasons. Beason lost 12 games to a toe injury in 2014 and played just 5 total games for the Panthers across 2011 and 2012 thanks to Achilles' tendon and knee injuries. Ignore Beason in your IDP draft. Jameel McClain stepped in for him Saturday night and would figure to start if Beason remains out into the regular season. He joins a sizable list of injured Giants defenders, which includes CB Prince Amukamara (groin) and rookie S Landon Collins (knee). Both DBs missed Saturday's game.

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Giants S Landon Collins left Friday night's game with a knee injury. X-rays came back negative, according to multiple reports. We should find out the extent of the injury in the coming days. The rookie has become a popular IDP target, though we find him overrated based on recent numbers for Giants safeties.

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According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul told HC Tom Coughlin that "he’s not going to come until he feels like he’s ready to be able to play." When will that be? Nobody seems to know. We'll keep an eye out for JPP's return and then try to assess his value once we see him. It's not encouraging that he feels like he needs work away from the team to get ready.

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ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul suffered multiple fractures to his right thumb in the weekend fireworks accident that has also claimed the index finger on that hand. The thumb will reportedly take about 6 weeks to heal and thus appears to be the bigger issue for Pierre-Paul's training-camp readiness. HC Tom Coughlin dogged JPP for showing up to camp out of shape back in 2012, the season after his breakthrough campaign. We'll be curious to see what the coach(es) says about Pierre-Paul come August this year. It's getting harder to believe this incident won't impact his fantasy football value, though. We're knocking the star DE further down our 2015 IDP rankings. Any decline from Pierre-Paul can only hurt an uninspiring Giants team D.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated Wednesday. As serious as that sounds, Schefter reports that a source expects JPP to return to the field "sooner than people think." Pierre-Paul is expected to play this season. We'd like to think that he can continue to play at a high level without the digit, but there's not much precedent for this. We'll need to see what happens with JPP come training camp before knowing what to expect this season.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Giants are worried that DE Jason Pierre-Paul might miss the opener against Dallas because of the hand injuries suffered in a fireworks accident over the weekend. In a separate report, a team source reportedly told the New York Daily News that there's now "no chance" JPP gets a long-term deal with the Giants this offseason. We'll see where this saga goes next, but we're certainly moving Pierre-Paul down the 2015 IDP rankings a bit.

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ESPN.com reports that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul needed hospital treatment for hand injuries suffered in a fireworks accident over the weekend. According to the report: "Pierre-Paul has severe burns on his palm and tips of three fingers, and one finger is being tested for nerve damage. He didn't lose any fingers, and doctors believe there will be no permanent damage or disfigurement of his hands." The injuries may not impact his career, but the incident surely won't sit well with a head coach who gets mad at players for not getting healthy quickly enough, fumbling and not arriving at team meetings early. JPP's apparent decision to handle fireworks seems particularly stupid when you factor in that he's not currently under contract. The Giants, of course, franchised him this offseason, but Pierre-Paul has avoided signing the tender so far while seeking a long-term deal. We'll see where things go from here and whether his hands are ready for the start of training camp.

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Giants DE Robert Ayers left the field on a cart Wednesday after hurting his left knee and ankle during an OTA practice. The Star-Ledger reports that tests showed no serious damage to either joint, though. HC Tom Coughlin said he was "disappointed" that Ayers went low in a non-contact drill. According to ESPN.com's Dan Graziano, Ayers "seemed to be getting first-team reps" across from Cullen Jenkins at the end spots. DE Jason Pierre-Paul is skipping voluntary workouts as he seeks a long-term contract. DE Damontre Moore is easing back in after spending time away to work on his degree at Texas A&M.

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Giants LT Will Beatty tore his pectoral lifting weights on Wednesday.  He'll undergo surgery and is expected to miss 5-6 months.  That knocks him out for about the 1st half of the season.  It's a big blow to an offensive line that seemed to be trending upward.  Beatty ranked 14th among 84 OTs in Pro Football Focus' 2014 overall grades -- 10th in run blocking and 24th in pass blocking.  The G-Men used the 9th overall pick of this spring's draft on Ereck Flowers, who could be forced to replace Beatty at LT.  New York could also use 2013 1st-rounder Justin Pugh on the left side.

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