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

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
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)
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)
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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