The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were without veteran linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul last week in Los Angeles, and he was certainly missed.
JPP suffered a shoulder injury in week 2’s game against the Falcons and did not travel with the team in Week 3.
At first, Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians had not foreseen his veteran outside linebacker playing, “We’ll wait and see. I’ve got to wait and see Wednesday.” Arians said on Monday. “I don’t foresee it, but knowing JPP, anything is possible.”
Anything is indeed possible when it comes to Jason Pierre-Paul. He suffered a broken neck in a car accident in 2019 and was believed he could miss the entire 2019 season; some thought it could have been career-ending. Nope, not JPP. He returned to the field at the end of October 2019, played in 10 games, and recorded 8.5 sacks.
The Bucs head coach stated on Friday that nothing surprises him when it comes to Jason Pierre-paul and that he looked good in the day’s practice. He continued to say that he told his veteran linebacker that he is traveling this week, and JPP replied, “If I’m traveling, I’m playing.”
There is no questioning what Pierre-Paul brings to the Buccaneers’ defense. Having him even travel with the team is enough to boost the entire team.