Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson is the latest player to suffer a "severe hand injury" in a fireworks accident on July 4, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. The Lincoln Time-News in North Carolina cites sources close to Wilson's family who say that he lost two fingers in the accident.
Wilson, 25, signed with the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2013, but played just two games for the team. He played two games for the Buccaneers in 2014 and recorded four tackles. The Bucs released a statement acknowledging the incident:
Statement from Buccaneers regarding CJ Wilson's fireworks accident pic.twitter.com/Kv4rcpJpuu— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 8, 2015
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also suffered a severe hand injury on Saturday due to a fireworks injury and isn't providing the team with much information about his condition.
The injury reportedly caused the Giants to withdraw a $60 million contract offer, and while the injury for Wilson won't cost him nearly as much, it could prove especially costly to a player who was likely fighting for a roster spot in the fall.