Buccaneers’ Jason Pierre-Paul has a chance to play in Week 8 vs. Titans
Pierre-Paul has been sidelined since May as a result of a car accident that led to a serious neck injury.
The 30-year-old initially joined the Buccaneers after coming over in a trade with the New York Giants in March 2018, and in his first year with the club, he racked up 58 tackles, 12.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in what was a Renaissance season for the pass rusher.
Pierre-Paul, who played his collegiate football at the University of South Florida, was originally selected by the Giants in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
He played in all 16 games during his rookie campaign, registering 22 tackles, 4.5 sacks, a couple of forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. The following year, Pierre-Paul broke out, racking up 93 tackles, 16.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and seven passes defended, making the Pro Bowl and earning a First-Team All-Pro selection.
The Deerfield Beach, Fl. native then made his second straight Pro Bowl appearance in 2012 after totaling 66 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown.
Injuries limited Pierre-Paul to 11 games in 2013, but in 2014, he bounced back with 77 tackles and 12.5 sacks.
That ensuing offseason, a fireworks accident resulted in Pierre-Paul having to get a finger amputated. Since then, Pierre-Paul has largely not been the same, although his rebound season in 2018 was great to see.