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Jason Pierre-Paul had arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday morning, as confirmed by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. The Buccaneers defensive end chronicled his procedure on Snapchat and it appears everything went according to plan. Stroud reports that Pierre-Paul was experiencing some discomfort in that knee, which is what sparked the cleanup. The recovery process should only take about three to four weeks. 

"Knee surgery done," Pierre-Paul said in his Snapchat video. "I'm Gucci. Back to the grind." 

The 31-year-old is entering his third season with the Buccaneers and just signed a two-year, $27 million extension with the club back in March. Pierre-Paul was limited to just 10 games in 2019 after he was involved in a single-car accident and suffered a broken neck last offseason. He returned to action in October and was a dynamic piece to Tampa's pass rush. The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker was second on the team in sacks (8.5) and forced two fumbles to go along with his 27 tackles. 

If Pierre-Paul does stay on track with that three-to-four week recovery period, he should be ready to roll for the start of Tampa's training camp or not much longer after that. 

The Bucs, of course, has the spotlight on them in 2020 after signing Tom Brady in free agency and will need the defense -- that ranked No. 5 in NFL in Defensive DVOA in 2019 -- to return to elite form for the club to live up to its Super Bowl hype. Having a healthy JPP in the fold from the jump will go a long way in making that possible.