NFL star loses finger in fireworks mishap

New York Giants NFL star defender Jason Pierre-Paul has had a finger amputated following a July 4 fireworks accident which left him with severe injuries.

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ESPN cites medical records saying Pierre-Paul had his right index finger removed as a result of the mishap in Florida on Saturday.

The 26-year-old also underwent skin grafts according to ESPN. Previous reports had said the injuries were not expected to threaten the pass-rush specialist’s career.

Pierre-Paul posted two videos to his Instagram account on Saturday that appeared to show him next to a van full of fireworks obtained for holiday celebrations.

USA Today reported on Wednesday that a delegation of team officials had travelled to Miami to see Pierre-Paul in hospital but had returned from Florida without meeting him.

The accident was one of two involving fireworks and National Football League players over the July 4 holiday weekend.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback C.J. Wilson lost two fingers during a firework accident, his father Curtis Wilson Sr. told WBTV in Charlotte in North Carolina.

The 25-year-old was at his home in Lincolnton celebrating the American national holiday with family and friends.

Wilson’s agent, Joel Turner, declined to go into details of the injury.

“As we are dealing with a medical issue, we are in contact with the ball club as well, and they are taking the lead on any information to the public regarding his condition,” Turner told Pro Football Talk.

The Tampa Bay Tribune reported that Wilson’s NFL future may be in jeopardy because of “a severe hand injury”.