(SportsNetwork.com) – ESPN says it obtained a medical chart showing that star New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated on Wednesday.
A Giants spokesman said the team is aware of the report but would not comment further.
Pierre-Paul reportedly suffered a hand injury attempting to light fireworks over the weekend while apparently celebrating the Fourth of July.
The injury is not thought to be career threatening, according to reports, and a medical source told ESPN that Pierre-Paul should be expected to play next season “sooner than people think.”
The Giants used their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in March, though he has apparently not yet signed the tender. He is expected to play next season for $14.8 million after the Giants reportedly withdrew a long-term offer after his injury that the five-year veteran likely wasn’t going to sign anyway.
Pierre-Paul, 26, was drafted by the Giants No. 15 overall in 2010 and has collected 42 sacks and 286 tackles in 75 NFL games.