NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Jason Pierre-Paul lost his index finger and the tip of his thumb following a July 4 fireworks accident, and at one point, it appeared he might lose his entire right hand, the Giants defensive end said.
“Even the doctors counted me out,” Pierre-Paul told the New York Post. “They were like, ‘Yeah, we’re gonna have to cut his whole hand off’ and, you know … I just told the doctor not to cut my hand and passed out.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie's Remains Found In Florida Nature Reserve, Officials Say
“It wasn’t scary at all,” he said of accident. “I just went straight to the hospital. Didn’t panic, no nothing, I just went straight to the hospital. One of my friends took me there. It wasn’t painful at all. It was no pain, no nothing at the time. I was just like, ‘I gotta get my hand treated.’ I lost a lot of blood.”READ MORE: Experts Predicting Above Average Snowfall, Overall Above Average Temperatures This Winter
JPP said that he would give all the details of the incident after the season is over.
Some wondered if he would ever be able to play football again. The two-time Pro Bowler didn’t make his season debut until Nov. 8.MORE NEWS: Gabby Petito Search: Timeline Of Road Trip With Fiancé Brian Laundrie, Notable Dates And Events
Pierre-Paul was still looking for his first sack of the year heading into Sunday’s game against the Jets. He led the team with 12 1/2 sacks in 2014.