NFL defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who lost one finger and damaged other parts of his hand in a fireworks accident nearly four months ago, has officially signed a contract to play the rest of the season with the New York Giants.
Pierre-Paul, 26, severely damaged his right hand in a fireworks accident on the Fourth of July, shortly before he was to sign a $14.8 million tender offer as the Giants' franchise player. He was sidelined indefinitely as troubling photos of his injuries emerged.
The team withdrew a $60 million contract offer shortly after the accident amid fears he would be unable to resume his NFL career. Giants officials now say they're "comfortable" with Pierre-Paul's physical condition, according to NFL.com.
ESPN reports the deal relies heavily on incentives that depend on how much Pierre-Paul plays. The team hopes to have him back by week 10 or 12 of the season. He's expected to soon return to practice drills.
"I’m very excited to be back,” Pierre-Paul said, according to a story on the Giants' website. “I’m getting ready to do what I have to do."
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