Leading up to the Buccaneers’ Week 2 win over the Atlanta Falcons, star linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul missed Thursday and Friday’s practice with a hand injury. Now heading into Week 3, the veteran defender has added a shoulder issue to that injury report designation.
After notching a DNP for today’s practice, Pierre-Paul posted a cryptic message on Instagram about this new “setback.”
“Only God knows da true meaning of setbacks,” he wrote. “Let’s go get this news feedback.”
Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul added a shoulder injury this week, and not only wasn’t practicing but posted pics/video from a plane today, with a cryptic “setback” message: pic.twitter.com/5dxJj4QAG0
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 22, 2021
Pierre-Paul was a key member of the Bucs’ Super Bowl-winning squad in 2020-21. Through 16 regular season games, the 32-year-old LB logged 55 tackles, 9.5 sacks and a career-high four forced fumbles en route to his third Pro-Bowl selection. On the team’s postseason run, he notched 13 more tackles and 2.0 sacks.
Despite being limited with his hand injury, Pierre-Paul has played nearly every snap so far in 2021, collecting nine tackles and a pass breakup through two games.
Details regarding his shoulder issue have yet to be released, but head coach Bruce Arians said Pierre-Paul will be “day-to-day” moving forward this week.
The Bucs will take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon, looking to extend their record to 3-0.