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ESPN’s Schefter posts medical record of Giants defensive end’s finger amputation


  • New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul talked to reporters during a July 2014 NFL football camp in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated on Wednesday as a result of a July 4 fireworks accident, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter first tweeted Wednesday evening that Pierre-Paul’s finger was amputated, citing medical records the network obtained. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport later confirmed the news.

The Giants said they will not have any comment on the report.

Earlier Wednesday, Giants officials left Miami without seeing Pierre-Paul, according to a league source. Team officials arrived in Miami on Monday, but were never able to visit with Pierre-Paul.

Ronnie Barnes, who is vice president of medical services for the Giants, was believed to be heading up the delegation the club sent to see how Pierre-Paul is faring and to make sure he has whatever medical resources he requires. The club is said to be maintaining a “patient and respectful” approach while Pierre-Paul undergoes medical treatment.

Multiple media outlets had reported that Pierre-Paul suffered a severe burn to the palm and three fingers of one hand and minor injuries to the other hand, and one finger might had suffered nerve damage. But prior to ESPN’s report, the source said the Giants still had no direct knowledge of the nature and extent of the injuries.

As Newsday previously reported, negotiations between the Giants and Pierre-Paul for a long-term contract have not broken off, but given the July 15 deadline to reach such a deal, it seems unlikely. The Giants have given a franchise tender worth $14.8 million for the 2015 season to Pierre-Paul.

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