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Horrifying news for Giants fans, and Jason Pierre-Paul.

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

News is breaking right now about a possible injury for Jason Pierre-Paul the New York Giants franchised defensive end. Pro Football Talk is reporting that the defensive end has severely injured a hand during the 4th of July activities.

"For many of us, last night was a chance to blow off some steam, if not some fingers.

But Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul might have gotten a little too close to the action.

According to Andy Slater of WINZ in Miami, Pierre-Paul "severely injured" his hand in a fireworks accident last night."

The bigger upset for him right now, is JPP has not yet signed his franchise tender meaning that he could ultimately be losing out on millions of dollars according to the founder of Overthecap.com:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">If that rumor about JPP is true its extremely bad for him. Hasnt signed his franchise tender yet so no contract</p>&mdash; Jason_OTC (@Jason_OTC) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jason_OTC/status/617795197989208064">July 5, 2015</a></blockquote>
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The way I understand it that means that the Giants could withdraw their franchise tag and he would ultimately lose out on over $10 million because he had not signed his contract.

I'm not trying to make light of this incident, but accidents happen whether you are doing something foolish or if you are just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That is why, no matter what minor thing he and his agent were arguing with the Giants over, maybe in a situation with such a small chance or resolution JPP should have signed his deal.

This of course is all pointing to the current Marcus Mariota contract "issue". If offset language is the issue, that is fine but this is a situation that could hinder his development as a player by missing practices and ultimately hurt him long-term.

Whether or not the JPP story is true, the point remains that it is a plausible situation and even though holdouts are a thing of the past in terms of drafted players, I hope this issue is resolved quickly for the sake of both parties.