The seemingly never-ending saga of Jason Pierre-Paul’s strange injuries got another layer this year. He’s been recovering from a neck injury suffered in an offseason car accident and has been on the non-football injury list ever since.
But it looks like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher might finally be ready to make his 2019 debut. He’s practiced this week and head coach Bruce Arians hinted that if cleared by doctors he’d be able to play.
According to Rick Stroud of Sports Day Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers are activating JPP off the NFI list. Per his report, he will play on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
#GoBucs will activate OLB Jason Pierre-Paul today from the non-football injury list. He will play vs. Titans.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) October 26, 2019
Despite the infamous hand injury he suffered in 2015, JPP had a massive rebound year in 2018 – his first with the Bucs.
Hopefully JPP is back to full health. When healthy he’s among the best pass rushers in the league.
He recorded 12.5 sacks and 20 quarterback hits – both were his most since his 2014 season with the New York Giants.
JPP’s return will be a welcome addition to the Tampa Bay defense.
They’re 2-4 on the season and three wins out of a wildcard spot in the playoff race. The team is currently 30th in points allowed and 21st in yards allowed this season.