TAMPA — Bucs outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is still recovering from a neck injury that will keep him sidelined until at least October, but the veteran’s absence from the team is notable.
While the Bucs prepare for the regular season, Pierre-Paul has been nowhere to be seen at the Advent Health Training Center. He did report to Tampa to be seen by team doctors at the beginning of camp, but since then he’s spent most of the time home in South Florida, according to his Instagram account.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he’s fine with that, even though the Bucs are installing a new 3-4 defense, and the Giants traded Pierre-Paul to the Bucs last offseason because a new regime didn’t believe he fit into their transition to a 3-4 scheme.
"He knows how to rush the passer and that’s all he’s going to do," Arians said. "He’ll know where to line up. I don’t want him getting bumped on the sideline or anything else.”
Arians said there's nothing new to report on Pierre-Paul, who was injured when his car slammed into a guardrail on a slick highway in May.
"Nothing really to tell progress-wise, but I have talked to him,” Arians said.
As of Monday, Pierre-Paul was still wearing a neck brace. He looks happy, but Pierre-Paul doesn’t appear anywhere near ready to return to a practice field.
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