Jason Pierre-Paul: I won't be in U.S. this Fourth of July

Jason Pierre-Paul will be taking his Fourth of July celebration in a different direction this year.

The star defensive end suffered serious injuries in a grisly fireworks accident last July 4, an incident that cost him parts of his right hand as well as any chance of signing a lucrative long-term contract extension with the Giants. Pierre-Paul beat the odds to return to action last season, but managed just one sack in eight games.

Pierre-Paul made his debut at Giants organized team activities Monday. He told reporters he'll switch from a club to a glove on his hand, a change he believes will lead to more tackles. Pierre-Paul acknowledged his right hand "will never be completely back to normal" but he continues to work toward solutions to minimize the limits the injury has put on his game.

"I won't say it's normal, but it's normal for me," he said, via the New York Post.

Pierre-Paul, 27, is playing on a one-year, $10 million "prove-it" deal in 2015. Any chance at another long-term offer -- from New York or elsewhere -- will be directly tied to how much he can produce this season.

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