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Tampa Bay Bucs’ corner C.J. Wilson injured by fireworks

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Evidently, Jason Pierre-Paul isn’t the only man in the NFL who plays with fireworks.

C.J. Wilson, a cornerback with the Tampa Bay Bucs, also got too much bang for his buc over the July 4th holiday.

Wilson, like Pierre-Paul, suffered a “severe” hand injury over the holiday. Pierre-Paul might miss games with his injury, although there is no word yet on how severe Wilson’s injury was.

The Lincoln Times-News, Wilson’s hometown newspaper, reported that Wilson lost two fingers in the accident.

“We are aware that C.J. was involved in an accident that occurred over the July 4 holiday,” the Bucs said in a statement. “It is our understanding that his 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 his situation.”

Wilson was brought up from the practice squad last year and played in two games. He played in two games the year before with the Bears. With the signing of Sterling Moore and the return of Mike Jenkins, Wilson might have had an uphill battle to make the Bucs’ roster in any case.

It isn’t just football players, of course. Each year, thousands of people are hurt because of fireworks.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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