Dan Graziano of ESPN New York reports that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul has burns on his palm and three of his fingers. Doctors are still checking his fingers for nerve damage, but Pierre-Paul, thankfully, didn’t lose any digits from the fireworks accident.
- According to Mike Garafolo, there was a great deal of concern that his injury could be much worse than it wound up being.
- Garafolo adds that Pierre-Paul is “very, very fortunate” that he didn’t suffer a worse injury.
- Art Stapleton is hearing that the injury involves the loss of flesh and there could be muscular issues for JPP to deal with.
There was some speculation that Pierre-Paul’s hand injury, could have require amputation to his fingers or hand, but a person with knowledge of the situation tells Raanan that “everything is going to be OK.”
However, Schefter adds that early indications are that Pierre-Paul’s hand injury is not career threatening.
Meanwhile, Chris Mortensen reports that there’s a chance Pierre-Paul’s injury may not cost him a single game this season. However, they’re still waiting for more medical clarity regarding the situation.
Andy Slater of WINZ in Miami reports that Giants franchise DE Jason Pierre-Paul “severely injured” his hand in a fireworks accident that occurred last night.
- Marc Eisenberg first reported that a “prominent” defensive player from the Giants seriously damaged his hand in a fireworks accident last night.
- According to TMZ, suffered bad injuries to some of his fingers and his thumb.
- Pierre-Paul’s neighbor posted an imagine of a van he was using to transport a large amount of fireworks.
- Jason Cole has confirmed the report that Pierre-Paul was injured, but adds that severity of the injury is unknown at this point in time.
Pierre-Paul, 25, played out his five-year, $20.05 million rookie contract that included $11,629,807 million guaranteed.
The Giants wound up using their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul back in early March, which will pay him a fully guaranteed salary of $14.813 million for the 2015 season.
Jason Fitzgerald points out that the Giants could still pull the franchise tag at any time, which would make Pierre-Paul a free agent immediately.
New York has 10 days to negotiate a long-term contract with Pierre-Paul before they would have to wait to until next year to pick up contract talks, so we’ll have to see if this situation impacts their immediate plans.
In 2014, Pierre-Paul recorded 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 7 defensive end in a 4-3 system out of 59 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Pierre-Paul and his injury as the news is available.