Buccaneers' Jason Pierre-Paul Shares First Picture on IG Since Car Accident

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul posted his first picture on Instagram since recovering from a car accident in early May that resulted in a fractured neck and could potentially cost him the 2019 NFL season (h/t Greg Auman of The Athletic).

Pierre-Paul is declining to have surgery on the injury, with NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reporting earlier in May that "the plan is to recheck JPP's vertebra at the four-month mark after three independent doctors concurred it'll heal on its own. His expected timeline is 5-6 months, if not sooner, which could mean Pierre-Paul returns in October or November."

Pierre-Paul, 30, had a solid 2018 season, registering 58 tackles and 12.5 sacks. He was expected to be a key player on Tampa Bay's defense this season, though his 2019 campaign is in jeopardy. 

But it appears that Pierre-Paul is in good spirits nonetheless as he begins his lengthy rehabilitation. 

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