First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s mangled hand go public

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul made headlines over the summer when he severely injured his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident, losing his index finger and part of his thumb in the process. He is still without a contract for this season and thanks to the New York Daily News, photos have surfaced of just how bad the injury really is.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: First look at Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand without a bandage. http://t.co/G8FSGgKEck pic.twitter.com/Vaf0dj8aGk

— NY Daily News Sports (@NYDNSports) September 17, 2015

Sure enough, though this was posted long before the pictures went public, Pierre-Paul appears to be taking the whole thing in stride.

I can't think of the last time my index finger got me a sack 😉

— iamjasonpierrepaul (@UDWJPP) September 17, 2015

Pierre-Paul has been a staple of the Giants’ defensive line since being drafted out of South Florida in 2010, posting 286 tackles and 42 sacks while making two Pro Bowls. Just how much his hand injury will affect his ability to play remains to be seen, but it’s obvious that Giants management has reservations about giving him the all-clear. Moreover, some feel he won’t even play this season.

From ESPN's Dan Graziano: JPP may not be able to play all season. More of his right hand is missing than suspected.

— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) September 13, 2015

But Pierre-Paul is hell bent on stepping back on the field at some point, be it this season or next, refusing to let his injury get him down.

Campus Sports will update Pierre-Paul’s status as any and all new information becomes available.

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