Jason Pierre-Paul's injuries have not stopped him from employing social media, and he believes they will not stop him from playing football.
"I can't think of the last time my index finger got me a sack," he posted on Twitter Thursday morning along with a winking emoji.
That most recent tweet followed one from two days earlier in which he posted a video of himself working out and pulling a weighted sled while running. Among the hashtags on that video: #PutMeInCoach.
Later Thursday, though, the New York Daily News ran exclusive photos of Pierre-Paul's mangled hand in which he appeared to be nowhere near ready to play and cast serious doubt on him ever returning to the NFL. His right index finger was completely removed along with a section of his thumb, his right middle finger was bandaged, and there appeared to be loose skin on his ring finger.
Pierre-Paul also looked significantly lighter than his playing weight last season, likely due to his inability to lift weights during his rehab.
Pierre-Paul is recovering from the injuries sustained during a fireworks mishap on July 4. The Giants met with Pierre-Paul early last week for the first time since the accident and determined that he was not yet ready to play so he returned home to Florida to continue his recovery.
He remains unsigned, but the team has kept its reserve/franchise tag designation on him.
He has until Nov. 17 to sign with the Giants or miss the entire 2015 season.