New York Giants' defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul has been on lock-down since his Fourth of July fireworks accident which resulted in the amputation of his right index finger, images have surfaced of him in public.
In an exclusive by the New York Daily News, images show JPP's right hand and lower arm encased in bandages along with a sling.
The pictures come on the back of comments from Giants co-owner, John Mara, said the franchise would have to consider moving on without their star DE.
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Mara admits he has 'no idea' when JPP will report to the team and was very disappointed that Pierre-Paul refused to meet two Giants officials who travelled to Miami to meet with the 26-year-old.
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When asked of his initial reaction to JPP's, Mara's response was:
"Well, the first thought and concern we all had was for JPP's well-being. After that, I think I may have used some language that I wouldn't like my grandchildren to hear me use. I've been around a long time, seen a lot of things...but this one was a shock," he told the New York Post.
Mara, along with the entire Giants franchise, are not sure when, or even if, JPP will be able to play: "He has told people that he's fine and he's going to be ready to play, but until we see the hand, we're just not sure."
This was Mara's stance on Tuesday when he believed the star player was receiving poor advice, however two days later the Giants' owner made a plea of "Come home. We miss you," as reported by Newsday.
Pierre-Paul has blanked almost everyone in the team, the owners, his team-mates and even coach Tom Coughlin, who sent his pro-bowl defensive end a text immediately after hearing the news, 'didn't hear anything back.'
"I want to be there for him, but he's decided that he doesn't want our help," Coughlin told the media yesterday after the Giants first day of summer training camp.
Cullen Jenkins told the media today that he has been in contact with his team-mate, saying: "I mean, I didn't ask him too much. The biggest concern was him how he was doing. He sounded in good spirits."
The pro-bowler, who almost blew his hand off in the incident, sustained burns and a broken thumb along with the amputation and the extent of the protection from the images reveal he is nowhere-near a return to the field.
With these images, Mara's belief that the team must now plan without JPP ring ever more true, but the replacing 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks is no mean feat.
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