Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul sustained more serious injuries to his right hand than previously thought, according to a Tuesday report by ESPN.com.
In addition to losing the entire right index finger, Pierre-Paul is missing the tip of his thumb and required several procedures on his middle finger following a fireworks accident on July 4.
He underwent surgery to amputate his right index finger and repair fractures in his thumb on July 8, but has had numerous subsequent procedures to mend the damaged hand step by step. The latest -- to "close up" the middle finger -- was September 4, only three days before meeting with team doctors for the first time.
The New York Giants first examined his injured hand last week after Pierre-Paul declined to sign a $14.81 million franchise tender and stayed away from the team in the wake of his injury.
If he signed the tender, the Giants would be able to place him on the non-football injury list and not pay him for the missed season.
The report says Pierre-Paul remains optimistic about playing this season, but is not scheduled for another examination by the Giants for five to six weeks. Every game he does not play costs him $871,000.