Ex-Bucs CB who lost fingers in fireworks accident headed to CFL
Nearly a year after he lost two fingers on his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4, former Bucs cornerback C.J. Wilson hopes to resume his football career with the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Wilson has signed with Winnipeg, his agent confirmed, and the Bucs on Wednesday waived Wilson from the reserve-retired list, where he'd been since shortly after the accident. He lost the middle and index fingers in the accident, a former difficult setback than former USF and Giants star Jason Pierre-Paul, who also severely injured his hand and lost parts of fingers in a separate July 4 accident and returned to the NFL last season.
Wilson told his hometown newspaper, the Gaston (N.C.) Gazette, that "I'm going to make it work. I'm supposed to be a role model for these kids."
Wilson played in two games with the Bucs in 2014, totaling four tackles, and also played briefly with the Bears in 2013. Still just 25, he'll compete for a chance to return to football with Winnipeg, whose season opens June 24.