After several days of uncertainty surrounding the status of New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul - during which time the franchise appeared as in the dark as the wider public - things have become clearer over the past 24 hours or so.
First ESPN, rightly or wrongly, divulged Pierre-Paul's hospital records - revealing that the 26-year-old had had his right index finger amputated following the accident involving fireworks over the holiday weekend.
Now, a new report from ESPN's Ed Werder suggests further damage was done which could actually keep the defensive star out for longer than the finger surgery.
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Rotoworld reports that the fractures sustained to Pierre-Paul's thumb will actually take longer to heal than the wound left behind following the finger amputation.
At this stage, of course, no one is quite sure exactly what sort of time frame Jason Pierre-Paul has been given for returning to the game but this latest development only serves to exacerbate his recovery.
Since the full extent of his injury become public knowledge, sources close to Pierre-Paul have gone on record to say he will be back playing in 2015. The loss of a finger, combined with multiple fractures to the same hand, will though mean some major adjustments for the talented star.
Former pros have already raised concerns as to how effective Jason Pierre-Paul will be when he does return to the gridiron after extensive rehabilitation.
Ex-New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles DE, Hugh Douglas, went as far as to suggest the Giants man will have to "re-learn everything he does."
With the Giants having removed their franchise tag offer, and with at least six weeks before Pierre-Paul can even get back to any sort of training, it remains to be seen just where the defensive end will be continuing that learning process next season.
Giants fans: Will Pierre-Paul return to his pre-injury form, or should the team move on? Have your say in the comments below...
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