Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers in a Fourth of July fireworks accident, the Lincoln Times-News reports citing sources close to the family.
The story was first confirmed by the player’s representatives to the Tampa Tribune, who categorized the injury as severe. The Bucs are aware of the injury and released a statement.
“We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4th holiday,” the team said. “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, played in two games for the Bucs last season and two games for the Chicago Bears the year before.
Entering the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State, Wilson has a combined five tackles in two seasons.
Wilson is the second NFL player to sustain such injuries over this past weekend. New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul also sustained burns and possible nerve issues to his hand, FOX Sports 1’s NFL insider Mike Garafolo reported on Sunday.