Buccaneers' C.J. Wilson Lost Two Fingers in Fireworks Accident

C.J. Wilson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Buccaneers' C.J. Wilson Lost Two Fingers in Fireworks Accident

Another NFL player is injured during a Fourth of July mishap.

Published July 9, 2015

Jason Pierre-Paul wasn't the only player to suffer an injury due to a fireworks fail during Fourth of July weekend.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers in a fireworks accident last weekend, his father told a Charlotte, N.C., television station, as confirmed by ESPN. The news about Wilson was reported on the same day Pierre-Paul reportedly had his right index finger amputated as a result of a fireworks injury.

Wilson's dad told Charlotte's WBTV that the fireworks didn't properly pop out of the canister upon exploding, causing injuries to his son. 

"We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday," the Bucs said in a statement to ESPN. "It is our understanding that the injury occurred to one of his hands, and our primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health. We have been in contact with C.J. and are continuing to monitor the situation." 


After playing in two games last season, Wilson is in the final season of a two-year deal with a non-guaranteed base salary of $585,000 for 2015.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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