Reports out of the New York Giants earlier this week suggested the franchise were unconvinced that Jason Pierre-Paul would be able to return to the gridiron in the near future.
And now, after the first clear images of JPP's maimed hand have been made public, there will be many who share their concerns.
Published by the New York Daily News today, the images appear to confirm ESPN's report this week that the defensive end lost more than his right index finger in the Independence Day fireworks accident.
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Having previously only been pictured with extensive bandaging obscuring the much-discussed injury, this is the first time fans have been able to see the true extent of the damage. And it doesn't look good.
Pierre-Paul's right index finger is completely amputated and appears to still be healing following surgery. Although the angle doesn't make it completely clear, it looks like the NFL star is missing portions of his middle finger and thumb, too.
The shocking images come in the wake of the defensive end posting his own video to Instagram in an attempt to convince people that he was ready to return.
Only this morning, the Giants star claimed there was no reason to think his permanently injured hand would impede him when he does return to the gridiron.
While no one can question Jason Pierre-Paul's confidence, the images released today appear to suggest the odds are stacked against him returning to the field any sooner than the five-to-six-week timeline given earlier this week.
Giants fans: Do you think JPP will be back in 2015, considering the photos? Have your say in the comments below...
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