Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers in a fireworks accident over the July 4 weekend, leaving his father to say that he was happy his son was alive and that thoughts about continuing his football career were secondary.
Wilson has given the prospect of returning to the field some thought, however, and he’s made a decision about how to proceed. A statement issued by his agents Joel and Justin Turner on Friday announces that Wilson will be taking some time away from the game in order to heal from his injuries.
“On behalf of C.J. Wilson, he has decided to step away from the NFL at this time to focus on his immediate needs in recovery which are the foundation of his long-term health,” the statement reads. “When CJ is fully healed and able to return to the game, he will then continue his career at that time. We would like to send out our sincere appreciation to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, especially the Glazer family, Coach Lovie Smith, GM Jason Licht and so many others who’ve provided support and encouragement these last few weeks along with their continued efforts to assist CJ in his recovery. C.J. is in good spirits and is continuing to focus on his rehab and the healing of his hand. Thanks to so many people who have sent calls and messages of concern for him. He is a very strong willed young man with great work ethic and character. We look forward to seeing him play again in the future.”
We wish Wilson the best in his recovery and his future endeavors, whether or not they include a return to the NFL at some point down the line.