After losing his right index finger in a July 4 fireworks accident, the world got its first look at Jason Pierre-Paul, who is sporting a massive bandage on his right hand.
The New York Daily News obtained exclusive photos of Pierre-Paul in Florida.
His hand is bandaged to the point that it looks like a club:
The massive bandage actually shrouds the situation in further mystery, raising questions about the severity of the injury.
On Thursday, Giants owner John Mara said he didn’t know how many fingers Pierre-Paul has because he hasn’t seen or heard from him. Giants coach Tom Coughlin similarly said he reached out to Pierre-Paul but hasn’t heard back. Mara told reporters his message for Pierre-Paul would be, “Come home. We miss you.” Coughlin told reporters about his text to Pierre-Paul, “I want to be there for him. But he’s decided that he doesn’t want our help.”
When Pierre-Paul was in the hospital, he denied Giants officials from seeing him, leading some to wonder if the injury is worse than let on. This happened prior to finding out that he had a finger amputated.
Prior to the accident, the Giants had offered Pierre-Paul a $US60-million offer, but took it off the table when the injury happened. Pierre-Paul intended to sign the one-year, $US14.8-million franchise tender, but reportedly now won’t do so until he’s healthy enough to pass the team physical. In the meanwhile, he is under no obligation to speak to the Giants.
If and when he does so sign the tender, the Giants can put him on the non-football list, which would keep them from having to play (or pay) Pierre-Paul until he’s completely healthy. Judging from these photos, it’s unclear how close Pierre-Paul to being ready to play football.
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