Giants coach Tom Coughlin said after practice on Saturday that he finally spoke with injured defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.

"I spoke with him late Friday afternoon," Coughlin said.

Pierre-Paul, who led the team with 12 sacks last season, suffered a serious hand injury in a July 4th fireworks accident.

"Do I know more about how he is? No. He said he's not going to come here until he's ready to play," Coughlin said.

"I'm not going to even speculate on when that is. He sounded good and sounded like he wanted to get back here. He wishes he was back here. Little by little, we're talking more with him. He's trying to make contact with us and that's a good sign."

Pierre-Paul has yet to sign his $14.8 million franchise tender, so he is not under contract.

Texans and Redskins brawl at joint practice

The joint portion of the final practice involving the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans came to an end Saturday when a series of fights broke out.

The teams had just started working against each other when the first skirmish occurred. When more followed on subsequent plays, the head coaches decided to break the teams apart. Each team worked on its own field for the rest of the session.

Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker said one of the fights started when a Houston offensive lineman tried to "clean him off the pocket." Baker says when he removed his helmet and confronted the player, the player hit him and a brawl ensued.

Baker says the Texans were angry because the Redskins got the best of them in their joint workout on Friday.

Carr's broken hand leads Cowboys' woes

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr is returning to Texas for surgery on a broken right hand, and All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant missed practice Saturday because of a strained hamstring.

Coach Jason Garrett said defensive end Kenneth Boatright remained hospitalized two days after injuring his neck in practice but all tests have been normal.

Carr, who is set for surgery Monday in the Dallas area, was hurt engaging a receiver during practice Thursday.

Bryant tweaked his hamstring the same day, but Garrett said the injury isn't serious.

At running back, Darren McFadden (hamstring) won't get his first practice at camp until after the Cowboys' preseason opener at San Diego on Thursday, and Lance Dunbar (ankle) is still out.

Patriots have 24 on their injured list

The list of injured New England Patriots players has grown to 24, and coach Bill Belichick sees a link to being Super Bowl champs.

Belichick says consistently going deep in the playoffs means players have less recovery time and that leads to more players missing time in training camp.

Center Bryan Stork, rookie defensive tackle Malcolm Brown and running back LeGarrette Blount didn't suit up Saturday after being injured a day earlier.