Days after news broke that Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants suffered hand injuries in a fireworks accident on July 4, it appears that another football player has been seriously hurt in a similar incident. Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson reportedly lost two fingers on one hand over the holiday weekend, according to the Lincoln Times-News.
Bucs backup cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers on one hand in a fireworks accident July 4, the Lincoln (N.C.) Times-News is reporting.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 8, 2015
Wilson’s agent, Joel Turner confirmed the injury to ESPN, though he did not offer any specifics. Tampa Bay released a statement regarding Wilson.
"We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday," the team said in a statement. "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."
Wilson, 25, has spent two seasons in the NFL, though he hasn't gotten much playing time. After playing in just two games last year, he was no guarantee to make the Buccaneers’ roster for a second straight year before this past weekend’s accident.
The extent of Jason Pierre Paul’s injuries is still unknown. The defensive end was in the hospital a few days after the incident, and Giants officials reportedly never met with Pierre-Paul even though they made the trip to Florida where the star player is staying.