2nd NFL Player Loses Fingers to Fireworks

Tampa Bay's CJ Wilson is leaving the game, at least temporarily
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2015 4:24 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson (41) runs away from wide receiver Mike Evans after intercepting a pass during practice on June 4 in Tampa, Fla.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(Newser) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback CJ Wilson has been placed on the reserve/retired list while he recovers from losing two fingers on his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident. The third-year pro out of North Carolina State is one of two NFL players, along with defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants, who suffered hand injuries in accidents involving fireworks during the holiday weekend. (Pierre-Paul lost an index finger.)

Wilson's agents said when the 25-year-old is "fully healed" he hopes to resume his NFL career. Wilson lost the index and middle fingers on his right hand during the accident in North Carolina. He was entering the final season of a two-year contract that would have paid him $585,000 in 2015.

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