The Fourth of July holiday weekend is supposed to be a time to celebrate and relax with family and friends, but for one NFL superstar it ended in chaos.
Sunday brought news that New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had been involved in a dramatic incident whilst attempting to light a firework during the celebrations and was dealing with a "severe" hand injury.
With rumors claiming the injury was everything from franchise-tag jeopardizing to career threatening, with the potential loss of fingers also mentioned, it was up to Adam Schefter and Dan Graziano to shed light on the extend of the brutal injury.
With Giants fans fearing the worst concerning their star man, the ESPN reporters first diminished fears Pierre-Paul's career could be in the balance before outlining exactly what the 26-year-old was dealing with:
The update will come as a huge relief to player, franchise and fan base but the firework related injury could still seriously impact Jason Pierre-Paul's future.
Franchise tag implications
Pierre-Paul is currently under franchise tag status with the New York Giants but is yet to actually sign the deal that would tie him up to the franchise for another season on a deal worth over $14 million.
Although the damage done to his hand appears less severe than first feared there is still no telling at this stage how long any rehab will take. As such, the Giants do still have the option to repeal the franchise tag if they feel Pierre-Paul is not going to return quickly, or indeed as the same player.
Even if Pierre Paul is forced to miss significant time during the 2015 campaign it is unlikely the Giants simply give up on a player who was a standout defensive player for them last season.
What the injury does do, though, is make Pierre-Paul's negotiating situation a lot weaker. Having held out thus far for a big long-term deal his injury status, and the fact he put himself at such risk, mean he may be forced to sit on the franchise tag deal rather than double down on a new deal.
Fortunately for the player the damage done doesn't appear career threatening but the money he makes for the remainder of that career might have just taken a significant hit.