Jason Pierre-Paul says he’s making progress from his most recent hand surgery in January in hopes that he’ll be ready to go for the upcoming 2016 season. Pierre-Paul severely damaged his right-hand in a fireworks accident last July 4th. He lost most of his right index finger and thumb in the accident. His other fingers remained intact, but with no mobility and grip capabilities. In January, Pierre-Paul had his right middle finger repaired in hopes that he could re-capture the ability to bend the finger and grip objects.
Pierre-Paul had his surgery performed by the Giant’s hand specialist, Dr. Robert Hotchkiss with the hope of improving his feeling and mobility.
“The surgery is definitely going to help me a lot,” Pierre-Paul said in an article by CBS Sports.
Pierre-Paul will be a free agent at the end of the 2016 season, when he could re-sign with the New York Giants. Yet, he currently signed to a deal where he can earn up to $10 million by achieving on the field incentives through a high level of play, according to a report on ESPN.com.
The Giants show they were not ready to sign a multiyear contract with Pierre-Paul since his future is still very unknown. Turning 28 at the end of the 2016 season, Pierre-Paul has a lot to prove, and show he can get back to his level of play during the 2011, and 2012 seasons.
Jason Pierre-Paul was a 2010 first-round draft pick by the Giants, and immediately made an impact during the following seasons. Pierre-Paul had a total of 23 sacks over the span of 2011, and 2012, and then totaling 12 ½ sacks during the 2014 season.
After the incident with the fireworks Pierre-Paul returned to the 2015 season with his right hand completely encased in a heavy and clunky wrap for protection. It limited his ability to grab, and fend off opponents on the line of scrimmage. He returned during week 9 of the 2015 season, recording 26 tackles, and just one sack to end the season.
“I’m not going to wear a club next year, my hand is perfectly fine, ” Pierre-Paul said via CBS Sports. The Giants defensive end indicated that the surgery has help improve the function of his damaged right hand. He is still doing rehab, and will for the rest of his career.
"But it is nowhere close to where I need it to be right now," Pierre-Paul said via the New York Times. "But it will be before the season starts. I am capable of lifting weight and closing and gripping and all that so it turned out pretty well—my surgery turned out pretty well.”
Pierre-Paul said regarding starting spring drills, “I’m expecting to be there, and I’ll be on time and everything,” Pierre-Paul also said, “I’m doing everything possible to get my hand in the best position to play football.”
If Pierre-Paul’s rehab keeps showing signs of improvement, and able to excel throughout spring drills without damaging his hand any further, the Giants should be feeling good about his play this upcoming season. The real challenge and test will be this summer in training camp when he has to start using the hand to do what he does best—shredding offensive lineman and sacking QBs.