New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand during a fireworks accident on Saturday, per multiple reports.
Jason Pierre-Paul injured his hand during a fireworks accident over the weekend.
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According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport (via NFL.com's Dan Hanzus), Paul sustained the injury while lighting up fireworks on Saturday for the Fourth of July celebration near his home in South Florida.
Rapoport's two sources told him the New York Giants defensive end had to be hospitalized as a result. The good news is his hand will remain intact.
Doctors were still examining his hand for any nerve damage on Sunday evening. Hanzus says any long-term effects of the injury "are not serious."
A team source told ESPN that Pierre-Paul severely burned his palm and the tips of three fingers. No figers were lost during the accident.
Several of Pierre-Paul's Giants teammates confirmed to The New York Times' Bill Pennington on Sunday he was confined at the Broward Health North hospital in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
A U-Haul van apparently delivered the fireworks to Pierre-Paul, who posted an Instagram video of it on Saturday afternoon:
Despite the positive progonsison Pierre-Paul's hand, his future with the Giants could be affected.
New York used its franchise tag on him four months ago. However, he has yet to sign his $14.8 million tender. This means he is not under contract, per Hanzus.
Despite Pierre-Paul's contract situation, the Giants still retain his rights, per Pennington. He has not reported to the team's offseason workouts and veteran minicamp.
Pennington stresses this hiatus could be Pierre-Paul's way of pressuring New York into a lucrative, long-term contract. It could also be his way of avoiding any unnecessary injury which could severely affect congtract negotiations.
The Giants also have the option of withdrawing the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul, which makes him an unrestricted free agent, per The New York Times.
Should Pierre-Paul decide to sign the $14.8 million franchise tag, this amount would "represent more than 10 percent of the team's salary-cap limit for 2015," says Pennington. He becomes a free agent in 2016.
According to the ESPN update, Pierre-Paul and the Giants have until July 15 to strike a new, long-term deal. Otherwise, he should sign the tender offer sheet so he could secure a one-year contract with the Giants for 2015.
The 26-year-old Pierre-Paul started all 16 games for the Giants in 2014. He recorded 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles last season, per Hanzus.
Pierre-Paul has recorded 286 tackles, 42.0 sacks and eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 75 career regular-season games for the New York Giants, per ESPN stats.
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