Updated 06:50 AM EDT, Sun, Sep 20, 2020

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul Loses Finger After Fireworks Accident! Will He Play This Season?

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After figuring in a fireworks accident during a July 4 celebration, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger surgically removed on Wednesday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter posted on his Twitter account that Pierre-Paul is still expected to play once he fully recovers despite losing an important part of his body.

"Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul finger amputated today. Medical source expects him to play this season, 'sooner than people think',' posted Schefter.

The team has reportedly not made any decision on the player after his amputation but they have sent long-time trainer Ronnie Barnes and special assistant Jessie Armstead to visit the injured player in the hospital.

It was also reported that Pierre-Paul did not let them see him nor accepted their medical assistance.

According to Yahoo Sports, it is still unsure how Schefter got the information and that it is still being debated if he violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

A similar New York Times report claimed that the Giants denied any knowledge of the operation, saying "the visit was prompted by the team's concern for Pierre-Paul's health amid contentious negotiations for a long-term contract extension."

Pierre-Paul is also expected to play this season, according to the New York Times source. However, there is still no definite date on his return, which will depend on the player's recovery period.

The defensive end has reportedly undergone numerous surgeries, reports ESP. He is expected to remain admitted at the hospital for a few more days.

The 26-year veteran has made one of his best seasons last year with the Giants .However, he is reportedly not under contract with the team because he has not yet signed his one-year franchise tender.

"The deadline for franchised players to agree to long-term contracts is July 15," ESPN explained in their report. "If a deal can't be reached by that date, Pierre-Paul would have to play under his $14.8 million tender, unless the Giants decide to withdraw it."

Meanwhile, the New York Times said that if Pierre-Paul will be able to return after his finger amputation, he will not be the first player to do so. In 1986, San Francisco 49ers' Ronnie Lott had his pinkie amputated after a tackle that severely injured it. He was able to return for that season and made 10 interceptions, which was the best in his career.

Since the defensive end sustained his injury outside of a football game, the Giants are said to be "not obligated by the tender" if he will be declared not fit to return.

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