Pierre-Paul (neck) will not undergo surgery, and the hope is that he can play at some point this season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. It was reported a couple days ago that Pierre-Paul would likely be out 5-to-6 months should he undergo surgery to address his fractured vertebrae, but with the veteran electing to avoid surgery for now, it appears he is going to attempt to give it a go at some point this season. It remains, unclear, however, what sort of recovery timetable he is facing, but more should come later in the offseason.
Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured neck in a car accident last week and could be sidelined for the entire 2019 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Pierre-Paul's injuries were originally believed to be minor after he was just briefly hospitalized following the accident, but now the veteran's 2019 campaign is in serious jeopardy. He has plans to visit beck specialists later this week, and his status for the upcoming season should become more clear once he's evaluated.
Pierre-Paul was involved in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday morning in South Florida and was hospitalized briefly before being released, FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports. The standout defensive end was reportedly taken to a local hospital in Broward County, Florida and treated for minor injuries before being released later in the day. General manager Jason Licht released a statement Thursday night on behalf of the Buccaneers in which he confirmed the veteran will be further evaluated by the team's medical staff in the "near future."
Pierre-Paul totaled four tackles (all solo) and a sack in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. The takedown of Matt Ryan gave Pierre-Paul 12.5 sacks for the season, his best total in that category since 2014. In another disappointing campaign for the Buccaneers -- one that cost coach Dirk Koetter his job -- Pierre-Paul's play was a bright spot, as he also lived up to his reputation as one of the best run-stopping defensive ends in the league with 58 tackles (48 solo). Pierre-Paul will enter the second year of a three-year contract in 2019 and will undoubtedly be counted on once again as a centerpiece of the team's front seven.
Pierre-Paul (knee) is active for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Pierre-Paul sported his usual questionable designation this week, but he'll play through his knee issue again in the regular-season finale. The veteran pass rusher has amassed 11.5 sacks in a strong debut Bucs campaign, a total he'll look to add to against Matt Ryan.
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