New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul could miss training camp and possibly even regular season games after suffering a hand injury following a fireworks accident on July 4. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Giants are still waiting for more medical details, but there is "concern" Pierre-Paul could be out into the season.
Complete details of Pierre-Paul's injuries have not been released, but according to Dan Graziano of ESPN, Pierre-Paul suffered burns to his palm and three fingers and could have nerve damage. Pierre-Paul reportedly did not lose any fingers in the accident. The Giants are scheduled to begin training camp on July 30.
Pierre-Paul's situation is a little bit murky because of his contract status. The Giants applied the franchise tender, but he hasn't signed it yet so currently he isn't under contract. New York reportedly pulled a $60 million extension offer following the firework injury. Because the injury occurred off the field, New York could place Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list, which would allow them to not pay him for games missed. According to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, that would mean $870,000 per game if Pierre-Paul plays under his $14.8 million franchise tender. The Giants could also rescind the tender entirely, which would make Pierre-Paul a free agent.
The 26-year-old is coming off one of the better seasons of his career. He bounced back from a down 2013 to record 12.5 sacks last year.