Despite Pierre-Paul’s apparent optimism at the status of his injury, which he sustained in a Fourth of July fireworks accident, people within the Giants organization suspect he will not be ready to play this season, Vacchiano reports.
Pierre-Paul’s right index finger was amputated following the incident. He also lost the tip of his fractured thumb and underwent reparative surgery on his middle finger.
Six weeks have passed since the Giants first examined Pierre-Paul’s hand. Since then, he has posted multiple videos of himself working out on his Instagram account, and tweeted in September that he wasn’t concerned with his index finger assisting him in recording sacks.
Though the Giants have said they have been encouraged by Pierre-Paul’s “attitude, demeanor and physical condition apart from the hand,” they are reluctant to pay for him to return before he has fully recovered.
New York and Pierre-Paul must come to an agreement soon on whether he will sign his one-year, $14.8 million franchise tag. If he does not sign by 4 p.m. on Nov. 17, he would be forced to sit out the rest of the season. If he does sign, the Giants would be able to place him on the non-football injury list and could opt not to pay him.
The Giants (3–2) will play the Philadelphia Eagles (2–3) on Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field.
- Erin Flynn