Dan Graziano of ESPN is reporting that Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul is also missing the tip of his right thumb along with his surgically removed index finger.
- According to Graziano, Pierre-Paul also had a “repair procedure” done on his right middle finger three days before being examined by the Giants.
- A Giants’ source has told Ed Werder of Pierre-Paul: “His whole hand has a lot of damage.”
Reports from over the weekend mentioned that Pierre-Paul had damage to three of his fingers, and recently underwent skin graft procedures.
There has also been talk that JPP could be away from the Giants for five to six weeks, while other have suggested that Pierre-Paul could play about half the season, and that could be the “best-case scenario.”
For what it’s worth, Pierre-Paul reportedly remains convinced that he will play again this year, and thinks it will be relatively soon.
New York wound up placing JPP on the reserve/franchise player list a few weeks ago. It’s worth mentioning that while he’s on this list, JPP won’t count against the team’s 53-man roster until he’s activated.
Pierre-Paul, 26, 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.
However, Pierre-Paul is currently not being paid, and his compensation will need to be addressed before he returns to the field, as the Giants could place him on the non-football injury list if he were to sign his franchise tender.
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 the Giants as the news is available.