Jason Pierre-Paul has been cleared by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and independent doctors to resume rehab activities, according to Tom Pelissero. He still has some hurdles to clear before he can play but this is positive news.
Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured vertebra in a one-car accident in early May. He was able to avoid surgery, which prevented him from being ruled out the entire 2019 NFL season. Still, the most likely scenario has him out until November or December with optimistic projections getting him back on the field by October.
JPP was on the practice field on Tuesday and was not wearing the bulky neck brace that he had been in, per Jenna Laine.
Pierre-Paul’s return may hinge on how the Bucs are doing. They’re not expected to make the playoffs and if they’re out of contention before JPP is ready to go, they make elect to keep him out the entire year. However, any chance he can play this year would strengthen their defensive line.
Pierre-Paul posted 12.5 sacks last season in his first year with Tampa Bay.