Texans' Tank Dell says the gunshot wound was the result of a “wrong place at the wrong time” situation

Earlier this offseason, Houston Texans wide receiver Tank Dell suffered a minor leg injury in a shooting incident in Sanford, Florida. Dell was an innocent bystander in the incident in which a 16-year-old was arrested after shooting 10 people.

Texans owner Cal McNair said shortly after the shooting that Dell would recover completelyand within a few weeks Dell was back Training and running routesand looks like the player he was during his rookie season. Now Dell has spoken about the incident himself.

“First of all, I'm blessed,” Dell said during an appearance on teammate CJ Stroud's “Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast. “For me, it was just the wrong place at the wrong time. I went back to see my mom. I wasn't even planning on going back and going to the little pool party or anything, but my guys found out I was home, so they called me.”

“They said, 'Come to the party.' They told me there would be security, people would be checked at the door and stuff like that, so I was like, all right, cool. It's a good vibe and there were a lot of people there that I knew, so it was cool. Then this (swear word) just came out of nowhere. It just went downhill out of nowhere.”

At the time of the shooting, the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said the incident began as a verbal altercation and escalated from there. The shooter was detained by a security guard working at the venue, while the victims, including Dell, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The bullet that struck Dell passed cleanly through his leg and exited the other side.

“I thought I had removed myself from the situation, like you see on the video when I ran over,” Dell said. “But I put myself between two people. It just got crazy.”

Stroud, meanwhile, said the incident made him think about the things he does when he comes home in the offseason.

“It was a good moment for me to realize that I can't go home and do the same things I did before,” Stroud said. “Because sometimes I feel comfortable at home – I go to pool parties, I go to bowling alleys, I go to ice skating rinks, I go to house parties. These are the people I grew up with. I haven't changed. Just because I have a little money. For this moment to come so quickly was an eye-opening experience.”