Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson reportedly lost two fingers in a fireworks accident on July 4, and he has decided to step away from the NFL for now, as Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reported per his agent.
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Wilson to Step Away From NFL
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Garafolo reported Wilson's focus is on his health, leaving his future in the NFL up in the air.
On July 14, ESPN.com's Adam Caplan reported Wilson was "in very good spirits" after being released from the hospital, and the site noted that the corner underwent at least two surgeries while he was there.
"I'm sure [his football career is] in the back of his mind," said Wilson's father, Curtis Wilson Sr., on July 9, according to Coleen Harry of WBTV. "For me, that really doesn't matter. My son is alive, so God took care of him as far as that. I guess we'll cross that bridge later on down the road."
Wilson Sr. said his son "was pretty much holding the canister—not trying to hold the fireworks—but the canister that it was supposed to pop out of...well, it didn't pop. It exploded inside the canister."
"C.J. is doing great. He has a lot of family and friends around him, lots of people coming to send up their prayers. He's doing good right now," his father said, per Harry. "He's on pain killers. A little bit of pain medicine has him down a little bit, but when that wears off—he's the same old C.J. joking and kidding."
Johnthan Banks, Wilson's teammate, told SiriusXM NFL Radio he texted with the injured cornerback, adding Wilson was in "good spirits" and "will do everything he can to get back out there."
The two fingers lost are the index and middle fingers, per WBTV (via Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times).
The Buccaneers released a statement on Wilson, via Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports:
Wilson could eventually return to the NFL, but, at this point, he will look to make sure his life outside of football and his overall health are taken care of.
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