Buccaneers’ Jason Pierre-Paul has arthroscopic knee surgery, timetable revealed
Although the arrival of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski have dominated headlines this offseason, they also managed to avoid some turnover on defense by re-signing defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. It seems he is doing what he can to ensure that he is 100 percent by the time the 2020 NFL season rolls around.
Pierre-Paul confirmed that he had arthroscopic surgery on his knee , via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times:
“Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this morning.
Reports indicate that reports that recovery is expected to take no longer than three to four weeks. This means Pierre-Paul should be ready for a return to action once training camp rolls around next month barring any further setbacks from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Pierre-Paul is coming off a solid 2019 campaign that saw him register 27 tackles, 8.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles despite suffering a broken neck after a car crash in the offseason that limited him to 10 games. Fortunately, it appears that he is not experiencing any lingering effects from the injury after signing a two-year, $27 million extension back in March.
There is no question that expectations are now higher than ever with Brady and Gronkowski now in town. Pierre-Paul will play an integral role in helping Tampa Bay follow through on the hype as a bonafide Super Bowl contender. It will be interesting to see what kind of numbers he is capable of putting up if he can remain healthy for the entire year.