For the first time since his met one car automobile accident resulted in a vertebrae fracture in his neck, Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has been seen still wearing a neck brace for the injury.
The first video being shot by Pierre-Paul appeared to depict someone doing contracting work at Pierre-paul’s residence and then, another one shows him briefly with a neck brace on, while walking in his house and playing with a dog.
As we wrote about in May, Pierre-Paul decided against having surgery to repair the fractured vertebrae suffered in his one car accident in the early morning hours of May 2nd near Pembroke Pines on I-95.
That’s when the FHP said, that the 30-year old former Super Bowl-winning defensive end for the Giants lost control of his Ferrari on the rain-slicked road and did a 360 degree wipeout into a guardrail.
Pierre-Paul had a passenger with him and both of them were transported to a local hospital, treated and then released. Pierre-Paul has not faced any charges from the accident and the FHP said in their report that he was not impaired.
After the Buccaneers team physicians had an opportunity to evaluate him with their own tests and scans, it was learned that Pierre-Paul had suffered the fractured vertebrae in his neck.
After being acquired in a trade last March, Pierre-Paul led Tampa Bay with 12.5 sacks, an additional 16 tackles-for-loss and 20 more quarterback hits. was one of the few bright spots in a 5 – 11 season.
At Buc’s rookie minicamp shortly after the accident, head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the latest on Pierre-Paul’s status? He said then, “all we can do is pray and hope for the best and hope it’s one of those five or six month things and go from there.”
The reference to “five or six month things” is that Pierre Paul might be available by September or October begin play.
Pierre-Paul has already been given $7.5 million of his $14.9 million salary for 2019 in the form of a roster bonus in March. Tampa Bay will likely put him on the “non-football injury” list, where he will not count against the roster. Then, they could potentially, receive some salary-cap relief for this season until, if and when, he is activated.
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