2015 has been an absolute nightmare for New York Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Pro Bowl caliber defensive end lost the entire index finger on his right hand and the tops of two other fingers in a fireworks accident on the 4th of July, which has kept him from playing as we reach the halfway point of the new season.
But, the one-time All-Pro player now looks like he could make a return to the gridiron, much to the delight of Giants fans.
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Back on the Field?
Pierre-Paul was a full participant in Giants practice on Wednesday and the key man sounded like he felt ready to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
“I’m going to play on Sunday. … Maybe,” Pierre-Paul said, via the New York Daily News. “It’s going to be a big adjustment. I’ve gotten over the bad part."
Giants fans will be ecstatic to see JPP back out on the field in that famous blue uniform, but they will no doubt also be worried about how well he can realistically play with some fingers missing.
However, the man himself has done his best to reassure those doubters by claiming that there is nothing he could do before that he can't do now, even with the absent digits.
"But there’s nothing that I can’t do. … I’ve been able to grab and shed tackles. My skill set, I haven’t lost it.”
The Giants currently sit at the top of the NFC East with a 4-4 record, but staying at .500 for the rest of the season will probably not be enough to see them reach the playoffs. Head coach Tom Coughlin and co will be hoping that JPP can spark some life into a defense that has been sadly lacking this season.