Jason Pierre-Paul makes x-ray of injured hand his social media avatar

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul lost his index finger and the tip of his thumb in a July 4 fireworks incident that could've been much worse. He missed eight games in 2015 as a result, and finished the year with just one sack.

Last month, Pierre-Paul underwent surgery in the hopes that he'll be better able to use his hand next season for something other than a club.

"The surgery is definitely going to help me a lot," Pierre-Paul said Dec. 30. "I can't grip out of my middle finger, it can't close right now. That's the reason why I'm in the club. Once I have my surgery I'll be fine. I'm excited to actually get it done. Something I knew I had to get done at the end of the season."

JPP posted this photo to Instagram three weeks ago:

We mention this because Pierre-Paul's avatar for both his Instagram and Twitter accounts is an x-ray of his right hand.

 (Twitter)
(Twitter)

In December, JPP told the New York Post that doctors initially wanted to cut his "whole hand off." A few weeks later, the defensive end revealed what his right hand looked like during a television interview with Fox Sports' Michael Strahan.

Next up for Pierre-Paul: Returning to the form that made him one of the NFL's best pass rushers. The most recent surgery should help, but he still has a long way to go to match his sack total from 2014 (12½), when he started all 16 games for the Giants.

JPP played eight games this season after injuring his hand in a fireworks accident. (USATSI)
JPP played eight games this season after injuring his hand in a fireworks accident. (USATSI)
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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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