Buccaneers' Jason Pierre-Paul Underwent Offseason Surgery on Knee Injury

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2021

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/Mark LoMoglio)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery on his knee.Β 

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Pierre-Paul had a "cleanup" procedure on Wednesday after dealing with minor knee issues during the season.Β 

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

#Bucs pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, who was in and out of practice because of a knee injury this season, underwent a minor knee cleanup today. Pic from his IG πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½πŸ‘‡πŸ½ https://t.co/fGDU1g81Os

Pierre-Paul was crucial in Tampa's postseason run that culminated with a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. The 32-year-old had two sacks in the Bucs' 31-26 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.Β 

During the regular season, Pierre-Paul recorded 9.5 sacks and started all 16 games. He also set a career high with four forced fumbles.Β 

Pierre-Paul began last season on theΒ reserve/non-football injury list following a May car accident that resulted in him suffering aΒ fractured vertebra in his neck.Β 

After sitting out the Bucs' first six games, Pierre-Paul returned to practice leading up to a Week 8 game against the Tennessee Titans. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the two-time Pro Bowler would be activated to play in that contest.Β 

Since it doesn't sound like the surgery was anything serious, Pierre-Paul could be ready to roll by the time Tampa begins offseason activities this summer.Β