This story is only getting worse.
After previous reports that a July 4th fireworks incident led to burns on the hands of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, it now appears that he may have had a finger amputated.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated. He even has the medical records to prove it.
Some, like NFL.com reporter Ian Rapoport, think the amputation could be linked to speeding up Pierre-Paul’s recovery time.
Thinking of Jason Pierre-Paul is this: Cutting off his finger simplifies and accelerates his recovery. Could be back in fewer than 2 months
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 8, 2015
Schefter echoed that sentiment, as a medical source told him that Pierre-Paul will play “sooner than people think.”
All of this seems to be without the knowledge of the New York Giants, who are still relatively in the dark on Pierre-Paul’s status. According to Schefter, Giants representatives travelled to Florida in an attempt to visit Pierre-Paul in the hospital, but left Wednesday afternoon without ever actually seeing him:
Giants officials have come and gone from S. Florida without getting chance to visit the injured JPP, per sources. Made trip, never visited.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 8, 2015
According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, Pierre-Paul refused to see team trainer Ronnie Barnes and ex-player/current Giants special assistant Jessie Armstead.
The situation has an extra wrinkle due to ongoing contract negotiations between the Giants and Pierre-Paul.
Pierre-Paul entered this past offseason as a restricted free agent. The Giants initially placed the franchise tag on him in an attempt to give them more time to come to terms on a long-term contract. However, Pierre-Paul never signed the one-year $US14.8 million franchise tender — which means he’s not currently under contract with the them, and isn’t obligated to meet with them about the accident.
Since the Giants don’t know the specifics of Pierre-Paul’s injuries, they have reportedly pulled their $US60 million offer.
Though Pierre-Paul was going to turn down the offer, this could affect him in the long-run. As FanSided’s Matt Verderame notes, Pierre-Paul wanted big money after seeing players like J.J. Watt and Ndamukong Suh get over $US100 million the last two seasons. Pierre-Paul, however, has not been as consistent as Watt or Suh, and now has even further injury concerns.
Spotrac recently estimated Pierre-Paul’s worth around $US69 million — still well short of that $US100 million figure:
With Pierre-Paul likely to play on the franchise tag now, he’s forced into a one-year bet on himself. Not only has he lost long-term security, he now has to prove that there aren’t any lingering injury concerns and outplay that $US60 million offer.
If he doesn’t have a great season, he could regret turning down $US60 million.
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