New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul “severely injured” his hand in a fireworks accident in South Florida on Saturday night, according to reports.

Radio host Andy Slater at WINZ in Miami was the first to report the news on Twitter.

“Big Jason Pierre-Paul story about to break in S. Fla,” Slater tweeted Sunday. “He severely injured hand in fireworks accident.”

The full extent of the injuries is unknown, but ESPN.com reported that the injuries are not believed to threaten Pierre-Paul’s career.

The 26-year-old Pierre-Paul is a Deerfield Beach, Fla., native and played college football at the University of South Florida.

An image claiming to show Pierre-Paul’s van filled with fireworks for a Fourth of July celebration before the reported accident was tweeted on Saturday, along with other tweets claiming to have seen Pierre-Paul lighting fireworks.

Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole and FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo tweeted confirmations that Pierre-Paul sustained a hand injury in a fireworks accident. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Pierre-Paul’s hand was treated in a hospital.

Pierre-Paul, the No. 15 pick in the 2010 draft and two-time Pro Bowl selection, recorded 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Giants last season. He has collected 286 tackles, 42 sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns during his career. He had 16.5 sacks during the team’s 2011 Super Bowl season.

The Giants placed their franchise tag on Pierre-Paul in March, guaranteeing he will make at least $14.8 million next season unless the two sides agree on a longer-term deal by July 15.

 

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