The New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has started a social media campaign to prove he's well enough to play, despite losing his index finger to a fireworks accident this summer

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 18, 2015 09:45 PM
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Despite losing a finger to a Fourth of July fireworks accident earlier this year, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul insists he’s well enough to take the field this NFL season.

Pierre-Paul, whose right index finger was amputated just over two months ago, stepped out earlier this week, providing a first look at his injured hand, according to the New York Daily News. The athlete’s index finger was clearly missing, and his thumb and middle finger were bandaged.

The 26-year-old, an unsigned franchise player, is still campaigning for play time despite the gruesome, healing injury.

On his new social media accounts, Pierre-Paul has been posting messages of encouragement and promoting his recovery.

“I can’t think of the last time my index finger got me a sack,” he tweeted on Thursday.

Earlier this week, the star shared a photo from the aforementioned outing and captioned, “They trying so hard to bring me down but it won’t work. I’m still the best and will always be the best at what I do! God has the last say so on my future.”

The athlete also shared a clip of himself working out at the gym (warning: the video’s background music is slightly NSFW).

“God can turn any situation around for the better,” Pierre-Paul captioned. “Your hard times will lead to the best times of your life. Don’t believe the hype … Be back soon! #90PC #ImAFighter #PutMeInCoach.”

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The Giants’ coaches saw Pierre-Paul’s damaged hand last week, and are skeptical about his ability to play in the near future, according to the Daily News.

The team’s plan is to re-evaluate Pierre-Paul in October and then make decisions about how to proceed, the Daily News reported.