NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jason Pierre-Paul’s Fourth of July fireworks accident may have been even more severe than initially thought.
According to ESPN, the Giants’ defensive end is missing the tip of his right thumb in addition to his right index finger.
The network reports that some in the Giants organization have serious doubts about whether the 26-year-old will be able to play this season.
Last week — when it was believed that JPP might be ready for the season opener against the Cowboys — head coach Tom Coughlin announced that Pierre-Paul was not ready to play, and that there was no timetable for his return.
The two-time Pro Bowler then returned to Florida to continue working out.
“He’s worked pretty hard,” Coughlin told The Associated Press last week. “We actually saw a tape that showed him working. He’s done a lot of conditioning-type work. So I don’t think there’s anything to worry about there. Obviously, it’d be great if he was all healed and ready to go, but he’s not.”
Pierre-Paul has not signed his $14.8 million franchise tender. If he does sign it, the Giants are expected to place him on the non-football injury list. Doing so prevents New York from having to pay the former first-round pick until he is ready to play.
Pierre-Paul recorded 77 combined tackles, 12.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 16 games for the Giants in 2014.