What the Foul?
CORAL SPRINGS, FLORIDA & LINCOLNTON, NORTH CAROLINA — It appears as if the NFL may need to start holding fireworks safety classes for its players after two of them lost fingers due to Fourth of July fireworks accidents.
New York Giants star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul suffered injuries to both of his hands, including severe burns and possible nerve damage because of a fireworks accident sustained on the Fourth.
On Wednesday afternoon, Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated. JPP discussed his options with doctors and family, and decided that the amputation was the best for his career going forward.
Pierre-Paul also suffered fractures to his right thumb, which may take longer to heal than the amputation. The fractures may take six weeks to heel, while the amputation site should be okay in three weeks.
JPP posted a since-deleted Instagram video in which he is standing in front of a U-Haul van packed with fireworks. His neighbor also posted a photo on Twitter, also deleted, with the same van filled with fireworks.
The second NFL player to lose fingers was Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson. Wilson severely injured one of his hands in another fireworks accident on Saturday. He lost two fingers, his index and middle fingers, on one hand.
He was hospitalized and remained there Tuesday after a firework went off in his hand in Lincolnton.
Pierre-Paul never signed the franchise-tag tender, which would have paid him $14.8 million this season. He has until July 15 to sign. Wilson’s injury however could threaten his career with the Bucs.