Don't worry about Jason Pierre-Paul's hand.
All he needs is some time, apparently, and the digits the New York Giants defensive destroyed in a July 4th fireworks accident last year will be good to go.
As Pierre-Paul put it, the hand "won't be an issue" by the time the season starts.
"The reason I came back to New York is because I have unfinished business," Pierre-Paul said. "My hand won't be an issue & I won't play with the club."
So this could mean one of two things.
The first is that Pierre-Paul anticipates to be fully functioning thanks a "grip" surgery he underwent in January to reduce the swelling in his right middle finger, which ballooned to an untenable size after the firework incident and forced him to wear a large mitt-like cast on his hand when he finally returned to the Giants last season. Through eight games, Pierre-Paul managed one sack and 26 tackles, and admitted to having been held back signifcantly by his mitt-cast.
"As you see on film you can see that the club is preventing me from making tackles," Pierre Paul told The New York Post in January. "People see it. I see it. Once I move away from the club, I'll be perfectly fine."
So that's the first possibility: Pierre-Paul thinks if he can play with a glove instead of a mitt, he'll be in good shape.
The second possibility is that Pierre-Paul is related to Wolverine, but his regenerative tissue powers are really slow.
I prefer this reality.
Dan is on Twitter. He can't wait for the Pierre-Paul superhero movie.