Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pierre-Paul Suffers Hand Injury

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pierre-Paul Suffers Hand Injury

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Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained a serious hand injury Saturday night while setting off fireworks as part of Fourth of July festivities at his South Florida home.

Exact details regarding the damage to Pierre-Paul's injured hand have not been disclosed, though it is believed he sustained severe burns and loss of flesh on his palm and fingertips, bringing nerve- related concerns into question, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Record on Sunday night.

Pierre-Paul's fingers remained intact when he was admitted to a hospital near his home for treatment and further evaluation, the source added.

The Giants were said to be gathering facts Sunday night regarding Pierre-Paul's prognosis and have not yet commented on the situation.

An early indication is that the injury for Pierre-Paul will not be career-threatening.

What that means regarding his availability for training camp and the upcoming season remains to be seen. The Giants report on July 30, with their first practice scheduled for the following day at the team's training facility in East Rutherford.

The accident comes at a crucial and unfortunate time for Pierre- Paul and the Giants, who have placed the franchise tag on their star defensive player, which would pay him $14.8 million this season.

Pierre-Paul, 26, has yet to sign the one-year contract that comes with the franchise tag designation as he continues to seek a long- term deal from the Giants. He did not attend the Giants' voluntary offseason program - save for a half-dozen briefings with defensive line coach Robert Nunn - and he skipped the mandatory minicamp.

Pierre-Paul could not be fined for missing minicamp last month because he is not technically under contract. …

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