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Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be missing top pass rusher for 2019 season

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kick off the 2019 season in just a few short months, they may be missing a key defensive player.

Last week, Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was involved in a single vehicle crash in South Florida. As a result, his status for the 2019 season is in jeopardy.

On Saturday, CBS reported the crash occurred in Broward County. On top of that, they mentioned that Pierre-Paul received treatment from a nearby hospital before being released in the early morning hours of May 4th.

Today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured neck and would be meeting with specialists this week. The hope is that at least some of his season can be salvaged.

Specific details surrounding the accident remain unknown at this time. However, this could mark the second time in 4 years that Pierre-Paul has suffered a non-football injury to end his season. In 2015, Pierre-Paul lost parts of 3 fingers on his right hand in a July 4th fireworks accident. This injury caused him to miss the entire 2015 season while he was a member of the New York Giants.

Jason Pierre-Paul was one of few bright spots in the Tampa Bay defensive unit in 2019, logging 12.5 sacks. This ended the notable stretch of 13 seasons for the Bucs without a player recording double digit sacks. None had done so since Simeon Rice’s 14 sack 2005 campaign.







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