C.J. Wilson (41) suffered an injury in a fireworks accident – Photo: Cliff Welch/PR
Independence Day is a holiday across the United States filled with cookouts, family functions and fireworks. Unfortunately for hundreds across the country each year, injuries suffered while shooting fireworks are an all too common occurrence. On Wednesday it was learned that Bucs cornerback C.J. Wilson was a victim of a fireworks injury that injured his hand on July 4th.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, “The Lincoln (N.C.) Times-News reported Wednesday that Wilson had lost two fingers on his hand as a result of the accident. He remained hospitalized in “good” condition Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.”
Wilson joined the Bucs in 2014 after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2013. Wilson played in two games for Tampa Bay in 2014 and recorded four tackles.
The news of Wilson’s injury comes on the heels of another NFL player who was also injured on the Fourth of July. New York Giants free agent defensive Jason Pierre-Paul was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering severe injuries to both hands according to reports. Pierre-Paul was working out a long-term contract with the Giants prior to the accident, and some reports have stated the Giants have pulled their offer off the table.
PewterReport.com spoke to Wilson’s agent, Joel Turner, who made it clear they he had not released any information about Wilson and the injury to the media as first reported by Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. Turner confirmed that an injury had occurred, but he did not have any additional information, and said was not qualified to discuss Wilson’s health. He told PewterReport.com that further information would have to come from the team.
The Buccaneers did release a statement on Wednesday.
““We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday. 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.”
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Well, at least they didn’t light fireworks off their head, chest, or ass.
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I’m not going to do one of those “what were they thinking” post. nor am I going to comment on what the Bucs should do in this case. The Bucs and their team doctors will decide this. My understanding on a late update is that CJ has lost 2 fingers on one hand. I will only hope that he regains some functional use of his injured hand whether it be in football or out!
well I’ll say it! If you want to be involved with fireworks then join the military for some real fun. There’s plenty of just as good CB’s with 10 fingers. Sorry, but that’s the truth.
You know fans everyone has to be careful about fireworks,I wish the best to him, and hope for a fast recovery.Go Bucs
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