Pierre-Paul (neck) returned to practice Tuesday and has three weeks to be activated to the 53-man roster, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Pierre-Paul has been sidelined by a fractured vertebrae that he sustained during a car accident in early May, but he appears to be nearing his return. The 30-year-old's return to practice starts a 21-day window in which he must be activated or he'll be forced to miss the rest of the 2019 season.
Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Pierre-Paul (neck) will practice on his own during the Buccaneers' bye week next week, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. The team will not hold any bye-week practices after returning from their Week 6 trip to London, but the news Pierre-Paul will be doing some individual work is certainly encouraging. The veteran defensive end certainly looks to be trending toward a return at some point this season, and next week marks the first time that Pierre-Paul's NFI designation allows him to return to any form of practice at the team facility.
The Buccaneers restructured Pierre-Paul's (neck) contract Wednesday, with the termination date of his deal being moved up a year to the conclusion of the 2019 season a part of that process, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports. Yates also reports Pierre-Paul's 2019 compensation dropped by approximately $3 million in the restructuring. The revised pact still leaves Pierre-Paul's salary at $10.5 million for this season and allows him to enter free agency next spring if he's able to resume his football career, while the new terms afford the team approximately $4.4 million in additional salary cap space. Pierre-Paul continues to recover from injuries sustained in an offseason automobile accident, and the chances of him suiting up later this season remain up in the air. The veteran defensive end was spotted working out at the team facility earlier in the week, however, a cautiously optimistic sign that he's making some progress.
Pierre-Paul (neck) worked out at the Buccaneers' facility Monday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Pierre-Paul is working to rehab from a neck injury sustained in a May 2 car crash. He declined to give an update about his recovery Monday, but it's certainly a positive step that he's resumed some activities at team facilities. Due to his placement on the reserve non-football injury list, Week 7 is the earliest date Pierre-Paul would be able to return to practice.
Pierre-Paul (neck) has officially received medical clearance to resume rehab activities, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. A timetable for Pierre-Paul's return remains undisclosed. The veteran linebacker will take a cautious approach to his recovery, focusing on safety rather than expedience, with the goal of eventually retaking the field.
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