Jason Pierre-Paul suffered another injury to his already mangled right hand, but he insisted he will be ready to play against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.
He made that declaration on Friday after practicing for the first time this week. He did not give any details about how he suffered the injury, or if was football-related. But he had the middle finger of his right hand tightly wrapped, and mostly kept it in his pocket during his interview.
He said he may have to wear a heavy wrap or a club to keep it protected in the game.
"Whatever it is, I'll be all right. I'll be out there Sunday," he said. "I'm ready to go."
JPP, of course lost one finger and much of his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4, 2015. He has since played with either a full club or specially-constructed padded club on his right hand for extra protection.
Officially, JPP - who has 6 ½ sacks this season - is listed as questionable for Sunday. Interim Giants coach Steve Spagnuolo said Pierre-Paul "got a little bit of work in" on Friday because "he needed to test that hand out."
As for whether he'll play, Spagnuolo said, "We'll have to see right now. I'm not 100 percent sure."
Spagnuolo seemed more certain about receiver Sterling Shepard, who is also questionable with a hamstring injury.
"He looked all right," in practice on Friday, Spagnuolo said. "He looked like he was going pretty good."
As for the rest of the Giants' injury report, Spagnuolo will be without offensive lineman Justin Pugh (out, back) and he could be without right tackle Chad Wheeler (questionable, concussion) when he makes his Giants head coaching debut. That likely means that the benched Bobby Hart could return to his old right tackle position.
Also out for Sunday's game is linebacker B.J. Goodson (ankle) while cornerback Eli Apple (hip/back), running back Orleans Darkwa (illness) and receiver Travis Rudolph (hamstring) are questionable.