NFL Giants defender Pierre-Paul reportedly hurt in fireworks mishap

Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants reacts after a play against the Atlanta Falcons during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 5, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey (AFP Photo/Elsa)
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Los Angeles (AFP) - New York Giants star defender Jason Pierre-Paul injured a hand in a fireworks mishap in Florida on the Fourth of July holiday on Saturday, US media reported Sunday.

Multiple reports said the pass-rush specialist suffered "severe" injuries, although ESPN reported they were not thought to threaten his NFL career.

NFL Network reported the 26-year-old Florida native was treated in hospital.

Pierre-Paul posted two videos to his Instagram account on Saturday that appeared to show him next to a van full of fireworks obtained for holiday celebrations.

The Giants tagged Pierre-Paul as their franchise player this off-season, a move that should lock him up for at least one more campaign.

However, he has not yet signed his $14.8 million contract offer as he pursues a longer-term deal and is therefore technically not under contract to the Giants.

The 2010 first-round draft pick recorded 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks for the Giants last season, forcing three fumbles from opponents.

For his career Pierre-Paul has 286 tackles, 42 sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns.

He notched 16.5 sacks during the Giants' 2011 Super Bowl season.

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