TAMPA — Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, who has been on the non-football injury list since suffering a cervical fracture in his neck, has been cleared to resume practice when the Bucs return from their bye week Oct. 21.
Pierre-Paul was seen at practice on Wednesday. He also attended a preseason game, and recently resumed working out at the Bucs’ AdventHealth Training Center. At 30, he looks to be in tremendous shape.
He’s reportedly aiming for a return to the field on Oct. 27 at Tennessee, agent Doug Hendrickson told TMZ last week.
Where he will play remains to be seen. Shaquil Barrett took over the edge rushing spot on the right side and has recorded nine sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception. Carl Nassib has received decent grades but has yet to record a sack on the other side. The team could use JPP, who led the Bucs with 12½ sacks last season.
It was in Broward County where Pierre-Paul suffered a neck fracture in a one-car accident. The accident occurred on May 2 when his Ferrari struck a wall on Interstate 95 near the Fort Lauderdale airport.
Though Pierre-Paul showed slight progress in recovering, the Bucs placed him on the reserve non-football injury meaning he wouldn’t be eligible to play or practice until after Week 6.
Pierre-Paul’s return may hinge on his conditioning. He could require added time.