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Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul involved in car crash but not seriously injured

One of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ better defensive players a year ago, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, was involved in an early-morning car crash Thursday, but was not seriously injured.

TMZ broke the story Thursday night that the 30-year-old Buccaneers defensive end had a wreck around 5 a.m. involving his SUV, and was taken to a local hospital later Thursday morning.

TMZ further reported that Pierre-Paul was not speeding nor believed to have done anything illegal. Pierre-Paul had a passenger in the single-vehicle crash. That person’s identity and condition were not known. TMZ further reported that Pierre-Paul was released from the hospital later on Thursday.

The Buccaneers confirmed through GM Jason Licht on Thursday night that Pierre-Paul had been in a car crash but his injuries were not considered serious and that they were looking into it more.

“We have been informed that Jason was involved in a one-car accident early this morning in South Florida in which he was not cited. We know that he was evaluated at a local hospital and has since been released. Our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of Jason and his passenger. We have been in contact with Jason and will be getting him further evaluated by our medical staff in the near future.”

Pierre-Paul led the Bucs with 12.5 sacks in 2018 after being acquired from the New York Giants for a mid-round draft pick. He was the first Tampa Bay player to record a double-digit sack season since 2005.