Report: NFL Star Loses Finger in Fireworks Injury

ESPN says Jason Pierre-Paul plans to play this season
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2015 6:50 PM CDT
This is a July 24, 2014, photo of New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) – NFL fans probably knew that Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident. But ESPN reports that it's way more serious than anyone imagined: Doctors amputated his right index finger, according to a tweeted image of medical records by Adam Schefter. This might explain why details have been so scarce, and why team officials who visited the hospital left Miami without being allowed to see Pierre-Paul in person, reports the New York Post.

If the defensive end refused to see them, it might be because he's still in contract negotiations with the team. He had balked at signing a $14.8 million deal after the Giants designated him a "franchise" player. The Giants can revoke the offer, which would make Pierre-Paul a free agent, notes CBS New York. ESPN's Schefter also reports that Pierre-Paul plans to play this season.

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