C.J. Wilson may never be able to play football again after severely injuring his hand in a fireworks display. According to reports by Lincoln Times-News, Wilson, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was visiting family in Lincolnton, North Carolina, on July Fourth when the accident occurred.
While setting off fireworks, Wilson, 25, injured his hand and lost two fingers. The incident is similar to the injury that occurred to another NFL player, Jason Pierre Paul. Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants was near Miami when he was attempting to light fireworks. At some point, an accident occurred and Pierre-Paul’s hand was burned. He was rushed to Broward Health North and admitted to the intensive care unit. Pierre-Paul didn’t lose any fingers, but he may have suffered nerve damage.
Wilson came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent from North Carolina State. He played with the Chicago Bears in 2013, and he was picked up by the Bucs in 2014. He was expected to enter training camp in the upcoming weeks.
The Bucs have yet to reveal Wilson’s current status with the team following the injury, but the team’s spokesperson said that his long-term health is the top priority.