Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians fine with Jason Pierre-Paul’s absence in camp
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are busy preparing for the coming NFL season although they are one man short. Jason Pierre-Paul is still out and recovering from a neck injury. He has not been seen at the team’s facility this preseason, although head coach Bruce Arians is not worried despite plans to use a new defense.
“He knows how to rush the passer and that’s all he’s going to do,” Arians said to Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’ll know where to line up. I don’t want him getting bumped on the sideline or anything else.”
Pierre-Paul is still recovering from a neck injury resulting from a one-car crash that happened back in May. It was initially believed that 30-year-old linebacker could miss the entire NFL season if he were to undergo surgery. The veteran opted to hold off on surgery and see if the fracture could heal through rest, CBS Sports reported.
Arians also told the Tampa Bay Times that there is nothing new to report on Pierre-Paul. He continues to wear a neck brace and doesn’t appear anywhere close to returning to the field.
“Nothing really to tell progress-wise, but I have talked to him,” Arians said.
With the status of Pierre-Paul up in the air, the best the Buccaneers can do right now is make adjustments without JPP. In a previous post, the Super Bowl champion can only try to keep his head held high during these trying times. He shared some motivational words recently on his Instagram account.
“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. The only one who stops you is yourself.”