New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly injured one or both of his hands during a fireworks mishap Saturday, EPSN said.
TMZ.com reported that the 26-year-old hurt his thumb and some fingers of one hand.
Bleacher Report NFL Insider Jason Cole confirmed the injury. Pierre-Paul was hospitalized and being evaluated to determine the extent of the injury, ESPN said. Sources said it didn't appear to be career-threatening.
But the Pro Bowler hasn't yet signed the team's one-year, $14.8 million franchise-tag tender — which means he's not under contract at the moment, ESPN said.
For those asking, yes a team can pull a franchise tag tender at any time. Player immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) July 5, 2015
But even if Pierre-Paul had signed the tender, things wouldn't necessarily be locked up for him due to the way he was injured.
Even if signed the non-football injury aspect would allow the team to void a contract or ask for better terms— Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) July 5, 2015
Here's Pierre-Paul on an Instagram video just prior to the fireworks:
The former first-round draft pick started all 16 games, had 12.5 sacks and forced three fumbles last season, ESPN said.
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