It is no wonder Jason Pierre-Paul’s confidants made sure the Giants did not get to examine, or even sneak a peek at, his mangled right hand, shrouding the July 4 fireworks accident in mystery for more than two months.

When they finally got a long, hard look, the Giants came to this conclusion:

They will not be seeing Pierre-Paul back on the field anytime soon.

Despite the attempt of Pierre-Paul’s camp to paint an optimistic picture of his recovery from serious injuries to his right hand, the Giants have determined — after close inspection of the hand on Monday — he is not close to being ready to commence with football activities.

This is a mess without an easy or timely resolution.

Pierre-Paul on Tuesday was headed home to South Florida because he has no business around the team. The franchise tender of $14.8 million remains unsigned.

The Giants are not about to pay JPP for games he misses as a result of the costly and damaging accident that led to the amputation of his right index finger, fractures to his right thumb and burns on his hand.

If the Giants opt to put Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list, he must sit out the entire 2015 season.
They do not want to go down that road, but it could be the direction they need to go, depending on when, and if, his hand heals and at what juncture in the season the Giants medical staff determines that he can withstand the rigors of NFL football and life as a defensive end.

JPP is on the reserve/franchise tag list and does not count on the Giants’ 53-man roster, but the $14.8 million is charged to their salary cap.

Pierre-Paul stayed away to protect his financial interests. Once he finally arrived at the Hospital for Special Surgery and the team facility, Pierre-Paul’s camp did everything possible to create an illusion the healing process was nearly complete, in order to, once again, protect his financial interests.

An ESPN report stated the Giants were “encouraged’’ with the meeting and medical examination of Pierre-Paul and wanted to talk contract as early as Tuesday. The report also stated JPP has worked out with John Blake, a former defensive line coach and the former head coach at Oklahoma. These seem to be reports designed to help further the notion that JPP would be ready to play sooner, rather than later, which would, of course, help his financial interests.

The Giants want Pierre-Paul on the field as quickly as possible, but not before they are confident he is capable of hand-to-hand combat. They will first have to come to contract terms with Pierre-Paul, who has no leverage in this situation. Despite reports there is a “dispute’’ between the Giants and JPP’s camp about his readiness to play, it really is a moot point. Teams determine when a player plays, not a player, and especially not a player without a contract. The Giants aren’t meting out punishment here — once again, they need JPP on their suspect defense — but not a one-handed JPP who cannot protect himself or slap aside an offensive lineman.

Pierre-Paul traveled from South Florida on Monday and reports stated he had his right arm and hand covered to prevent infection. That suggests there still may be wounds that are healing, and he would presumably have to play with a heavy wrap or soft cast on his hand and arm — when the Giants give him the green light.

In a situation that has been draped in secrecy, one thing is clear: Pierre-Paul will not be in uniform Sunday night, when the Giants need him, as they open their season against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, looking to snap a four-game, season-opening losing streak. And it is also clear JPP will not be lining up at defensive end anytime soon.