The Fourth of July brings out all kinds of summer celebrations and with that often comes fireworks. Unfortunately for NFL defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, his holiday celebration came to an abrupt end this weekend.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Pierre-Paul suffered a hand injury Saturday night while attempting to light fireworks, according to two sources briefed of the situation. The full extent of the injury is unknown, but it did require hospitalization.
The news could potentially impact Pierre-Paul’s future with the Giants. The team used its franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowlpass rusher in March, but Pierre-Paul has not signed his $14.8 million tender and therefore is not currently under contract.
Pierre-Paul, 26, enjoyed a healthy and productive 2014, starting 16 games for the first time in his career and finishing with 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He ranked seventh out of 59 qualified 4-3 defensive ends in Pro Football Focus’ ratings.
ESPN.com is reporting that Pierre-Paul did not lose any fingers and that the injuries are not career-threatening. He is expected not to have any permanent damage to his hands, but he did burn his palm and tips of three fingers. One of the injured fingers is being tested for nerve damage.
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