Jason Pierre-Paul says doctors wanted to amputate a lot more than just his finger after fireworks accident

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Jason Pierre-Paul Posts Inspirational Message About His Injured Hand

New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul missed the first eight weeks of the season after a bad fireworks accident on July 4.

Pierre-Paul had to have his right index finger amputated, lost some of his thumb, and now wears a giant club on his right hand or a four-fingered glove.

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There were concerns about whether Pierre-Paul could ever play again, but clearly, he's been able to get on the field, playing the last four weeks for the Giants.

In an interview with the New York Post, however, Pierre-Paul said his future in football was almost far more cloudy when doctors told him they would need to amputate his entire hand the night of the accident.

"Even the doctors counted me out," Pierre-Paul said. "They were like, 'Yeah, we're gonna have to cut his whole hand off.'" Pierre-Paul added that the doctors said, 'I don't think we'll be able to save it,' with Pierre-Paul noting, "I knew that wasn't the best hospital to be at."

Pierre-Paul also said he lost a lot of blood and passed out, though he wasn't scared. He said he told doctors not to cut off his hand before passing out. He told doctors not to amputate it because, "It's easier to take a shortcut out. I knew for a fact that my hand ... I might say it's severely damaged or whatever, but I knew it wasn't that bad, like I can still play football."

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Jason Pierre-Paul says doctors wanted to amputate a lot more than just his finger after fireworks accident
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul removes the bandage from his damaged hand after the Giants defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 32-18 during an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
NFL referee Clete Blakeman, check's the bandage on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's hand before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. Pierre-Paul is playing in his first game since injuring his hand with fireworks during the off-season. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 05: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 5, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FILE - In this July 24, 2014, file photo, New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul talks to reporters during an NFL football camp in East Rutherford, N.J. Pierre-Paul has rapid-fire answers for just about anything he is asked, from the state of the New York Giants' defensive line to his own health to some missing teammates. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) recovers a fumble by the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants on the bench in the game with the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy (25) stiff-arms New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, right, warms up with Osi Umenyiora, left, before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates after sacking San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith during the second quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
COMMERCIAL IMAGE - In this photograph taken by AP Images for NFL, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre Paul is seen during the National Football League Back to Football Run on Friday, Aug. 30, 2012 at Central Park in New York. (John Minchillo/AP Images for NFL)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts with teammate Osi Umenyiora (72) after sacking New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is interrupted as he signs autographs at the NFL football team's training camp in Albany, N.Y., Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul (90) reacts after sacking Philadelphia Eagles' Mark Sanchez during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
FILE - This is a 2012 file photo showing Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants NFL football team. Giants defensive end Pierre-Paul had successful surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back, the team has announced. The operation took place Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at a hospital in Marina Del Rey, Calif. (AP Photo/ File)
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, presents New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul with a ceremonial set of keys to the city during a ceremony for the NFL football Super Bowl XLVI champions at City Hall in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul celebrates after his team's 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 11: New York Giants NFL player Jason Pierre-Paul arrives at the 2012 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 14: Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants warms up prior to a game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium on September 14, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 21: Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants looks to sack Shaun Hill #14 of the St. Louis Rams during the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on December 21, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 17: Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants returns an interception for a touchdown against Scott Tolzien #16 of the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 17: Jason Pierre-Paul #90 talks with Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium on November 17, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeat the Packers 27-13. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Of course, Pierre-Paul didn't lose his entire hand, but the accident set off a series of events. When Giants doctors came to see him in the hospital, he refused to see them, seemingly hiding the extent of the damage. For a while, it was unclear just how badly JPP's hand was until a report leaked that he had his index finger amputated.

Luckily, he still has his hand and has returned to the field, giving the Giants a much-needed dose of pass rushing.

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