WATCH ABOVE: NFL football players Jason Pierre-Paul and C.J. Wilson are recovering after being severely injured in fireworks accidents over the July 4 weekend. Brian Webb reports.
TORONTO – Two NFL players were injured in separate accidents involving fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend that could put their playing careers in jeopardy.
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had is right index finger amputated Wednesday evening after a fireworks accident in south Florida.
ESPN reports the 26-year-old and two-time Pro Bowler decided to have the surgery after consulting with his medical team and family. A person with knowledge of the medical procedure told ESPN he would still be able to play this season, but “gave no timetable on when Pierre-Paul might next appear on a practice field.”
Giants running back, Rashad Jennings, called the accident “unfortunate” and wished his teammate a quick recovery.
“Accidents happen to everybody, nobody is immune to accidents,” Jennings told CBS. “It is unfortunate for that and for the team. Obviously he is a big part of that.”
Pierre-Paul is technically not under contract as the Giants have yet to sign his one-year franchise tender. The defensive end is set to earn a $14.8 million, unless the Giants decide to withdraw the offer.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers in a July 4 fireworks accident near his hometown of Lincolnton, N.C.
Wilson told WBTV that the fireworks did not pop out of the canister when they exploded.
The Buccaneers said in a statement Wednesday the team’s “primary concern at this moment is for his long-term health.”