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The outlook for New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul turned grimmer this past week when it was revealed the injuries he suffered to his hand during a July 4 fireworks incident were much worse than originally thought.
In addition to missing his right index finger, he is missing part of his right thumb, and according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, his whole hand is badly injured.
Until now, we had seen pictures only of JPP’s hand heavily bandaged when Pierre-Paul got out of the hospital, but Tuesday night, Pierre-Paul posted an Instagram video of himself working out. While it’s difficult to make out too much detail, we can see the outline of the injury.
Here’s the Instagram:
Halfway through the video, there’s a break in which we can see his hand. While details can’t really be made out, it’s clear his right hand doesn’t have the same figure as his left hand:
- Via Instagram
- Via Instagram
When the extent of his injures was revealed, one of the other causes for concern was the weight Pierre-Paul had dropped because he wasn’t able to work out. Clearly, he’s getting back into the gym, and his hand is well enough to work out.
Playing games may be another issue. Former NFL player Hugh Douglas described how difficult it would be for Pierre-Paul to play games while missing a finger, saying, “That’s your grabbing hand, to not have an index finger it makes it hard to grab.”
Pierre-Paul and the Giants are also in a contract impasse. Pierre-Paul turned down a $60 million offer during the off-season, which the Giants then retracted after the injury. Pierre-Paul’s best option now is to sign the franchise-tag tender worth about $14.8 million for one year. Once he signs, however, the Giants will almost certainly put JPP on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, meaning they will not have to pay him while he recovers.