The Detroit Lions can ill afford any member of their roster going down to injury.
Around this time of year, NFL fans recall the nightmarish tale of Jason Pierre-Paul.
Recall, the talented defensive lineman severely burned and injured his right hand in a fireworks accident back in 2015.
He had reportedly purchased $1,100 worth of fireworks, enough for the whole neighborhood to sit back and watch.
According to a detailed report from Sports Illustrated, "Pierre-Paul was rushed into surgery, where more than a dozen pins were inserted to stabilize his injury, which included a broken thumb, an index finger that would most likely require amputation, a middle finger that would never be the same and a charred palm in need of multiple skin grafts. Horrifying photos of the aftermath, including those following Pierre-Paul's final skin graft, show a tattoo, once on the football star's forearm, now transplanted to the area surrounding his damaged middle finger."
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In a post on social media, Lions safety Tracy Walker is seen loading up a truck with fireworks.
This month, Walker was the biggest purchaser, buying $13,663.00 worth of fireworks, according to an Instagram post.
General manager Brad Holmes rewarded Walker for his play with a long-term contract extension worth $25 million over three seasons.
We ask a lot of our safeties, we really do. And, the one thing he’s done, he’s bought into everything that we’re trying to get done in this defense, as far as a safety’s perspective, and he’s grown," defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn explained. "He’s grown in that, and he’s also become a leader, as far as linebackers, as far as getting everybody together and watching some tape. That’s what we expect of our safeties."
Here is a sample of the reaction online to Walker's purchase.