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Details of Pierre-Paul's Surgery Emerge
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reported Dr. Robert Hotchkiss, who is the Giants' hand specialist, performed the procedure, which was done to help Pierre-Paul's grip:
The surgery, Pierre-Paul explained in late December, would concentrate on his right middle finger, which was turned into a bloated, oversized and largely unusable digit as a result of the July 4 fireworks accident that did permanent damage to his right hand. Pierre-Paul in the summer had to have his right index finger amputated — including the knuckle — and all that remained of his right thumb was a short stump. He missed the first eight games and wore a bulky, oven mitt-type club wrap on his right hand the final eight games of the season.
Pierre-Paul Comments on Surgery
Monday, Jan. 18
Pierre-Paul's Giants Future Uncertain After Injury
Pierre-Paul, 27, accumulated 26 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack in eight games this past season. It was a down year for Pierre-Paul, who posted 12.5 sacks in 2014, though his abbreviated season and hand injury certainly played a major role in his lower production.
JPP missed half of the season after a contract dispute with the Giants. The team used the franchise tag on the defensive end, but he never signed his tender, and the parties eventually agreed to a one-year deal in October.
The Giants finished 30th in the NFL with just 23 sacks this season, so bringing back a top pass-rusher like Pierre-Paul would be a logical move. With more time to recover from his hand injury and a full preseason to prepare, he would be expected to bounce back and be far more productive in 2016.