Bucs coach on JPP: “Hope it’s one of those five or six month things”

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Initial reports on the condition of Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul said he could miss five or six months if he needs neck surgery.

It sounds like that’s the best-case scenario.

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said they’re still trying to determine what’s happening, but he didn’t sound particularly optimistic.

“No, I think that’s still ongoing and like [General Manager] Jason [Licht] said, you know, we’ve got our fingers crossed and praying for him,’’ Arians said. “It’s very unfortunate. And 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.”

Arians said he had spoken to Pierre-Paul, but didn’t offer any news about his condition. He’s being evaluated for a neck injury after a May 2 car wreck, in which his Ferrari spun and hit a concrete wall on Interstate 95.

“I don’t know what the answer is yet, if he’s going to play, if he’s not going to play,” Arians said. “We’ll just practice with the guys we have. It’s just like anybody else getting hurt, on the field or off the field. You march on.”

Pierre-Paul had 12.5 sacks last year and was their one reliable source of pressure, and with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy‘s status still up in the air, the Bucs could be in for a long march on defense.

13 responses to “Bucs coach on JPP: “Hope it’s one of those five or six month things”

  1. Duhhh. JPP, please leave the driving of high powered sports cars to when you are retired. Two good hands are needed for the operation of a Ferrari. An automatic transmission is not available.

    Tank You.

  2. Bruce Ariens: “..Gerald McCoy??…pffft…I was just goofin around!!..I love Gerald McCoy!..release him?..trade him?… Nooooooo Wayyyy would I say that…”….

  3. If JPP could stay away from fireworks and Ferrari’s, he’d be relatively healthy.

  4. Two good hands are needed for the operation of a Ferrari. An automatic transmission is not available.
    Other way around my friend. Ferrari hasn’t offered a manual tranny since 2011.

  5. Hate to be that guy but all Ferrari’s after 1997 are in fact automatic (w/Paddle Shift override).
    Also inaccurate. Last model offered with a stick was the Ferrari California, which came out in 2009.

  6. Wait, don’t they still have Jameis Winston?
    I don’t see the problem here.

  7. I hope this injury ends JPPs career.
    Simple. The injury occurred on his PERSONAL time, therefore the employer (Bucs) are NOT liable to cover his injury. Moreover the employer can go after JPP’s signing bonus because of the circumstances of the injury and that it negatively affects the employer.
    Let this be a lesson to players as well as protection for the employer (NFL).

  8. @ dryzzt23

    Go after his signing bonus? There’s a plan. I’m sure the list of FAs interested in Tampa would be considerably shorter.

  9. Todd Bowles will make that defense great. Not a good head coach, but a great coordinator. Bowles can piece it together without either of them.

  10. He was traded to Tampa… so the Giants have already accounted for all of his signing bonus against their cap.

    He has $7.5 million in guaranteed money (for injury only – footbal related) in 2019, so Tampa could recover that if he can’t pass a physical due the crash and they decide to cut him. He has 2 more years left and his last year is at $12.5 million, so I would doubt they cut him.

    They won’t have to pay him a dime if he is on the NFI list this year.

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