Buccaneers Place JPP On NFI

The Buccaneers are placing defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (neck) on the reserve/non-football injury list. With that, JPP will not count against the team’s initial 53-man max. He’ll also be barred from playing in the first six weeks of the season.

Pierre-Paul was involved in a one-car accident in early May and suffered a fractured vertebra. The fact that he was able to avoid surgery left open the possibility that he could play in 2019, but it sounds like October will be the earliest he can see the field. And, a November or December return seems more likely.

The Bucs are not a favorite to make the playoffs, and if Tampa Bay is out of contention by the time Pierre-Paul is ready to return, the club may elect to keep him sidelined for the whole year. But if there is even a glimmer of hope, adding the two-time Pro Bowler would be a major boost to the Bucs’ defensive front.

Pierre-Paul notched 12.5 sacks in 2018, his first season in Tampa Bay, and reestablished himself as a legitimate force to be reckoned with coming off the edge.

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  1. Dorothy_Mantooth

    JPP is a lightning rod for bad luck! First he blows his hand off with fireworks, then shatters his spine in a car accident. They say bad things happen in 3’s, so what’s coming next for this poor guy? Maybe getting traded to Tampa counts as of his 3 ;-)

    • crosseyedlemon

      He’s actually one of the more entertaining players to watch when he’s at full health. Would be nice if something went right for him for a change.

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