Pierre-Paul recovering after fireworks accident injures hands
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is recovering after injuring his hands during a Fourth of July fireworks accident in Florida and it may have cost him
The injuries are not expected to threaten Pierre-Paul's career, according to a published report by ESPN.com. The accident was confirmed by the NFL Sunday evening.
The Associated Press reports that the team is aware of the incident but is unsure of severity of the injuries. The team said in a statement that its first concern is for Pierre-Paul's well-being.
The Giants offered Pierre-Paul a one-year contract as a franchise player, but he has yet to sign his tender offer. He could make close to $15 million for the season, according to NJ Advance Media. However, NFL.com reports that the team has withdrawn its $60 million long-term contract offer, an offer that Paul was not expected to accept before a July 15 deadline.
Initial reports indicated Pierre-Paul lost some of his fingers and that the injury would likely impact his football career.
At this point, amputation is not likely, according to NJ Advance Media, and added that a source with knowledge of the situation indicated that "everything is going to be OK."
The accident happened while Pierre-Paul was lighting fireworks at his Florida home on Saturday night. Pierre-Paul mentioned fireworks in a video posted to Instagram on Saturday, taken as he held a baby in a street near a parked rental van. "Talk about fireworks on the ground," Pierre-Paul said.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.