Bucs' Jason Pierre-Paul Had Surgery on Knee Injury; 3-4 Week Recovery Expected

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2020

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 10: Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on in the fourth quarter during the game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals on November 10, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images)
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday to relieve discomfort from a knee injury.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reported the news and noted Pierre-Paul is expected to complete his recovery in three-to-four weeks.

"All right. Knee surgery done ... back to the grind. Just like that," Pierre-Paul said in a Snapchat video, per Stroud.

The 31-year-old Florida native has been terrific since joining the Bucs in a March 2018 trade with the New York Giants. He's recorded 21 sacks across 26 appearances. The sack total ranks tied for 13th in the NFL over the past two seasons, per Pro Football Reference.

He's dealt with two major injuries in recent years, though.

A 2015 Independence Day fireworks accident led his right index finger to get amputated. He returned to play eight games that season.

Last May, he suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck after a car crash. He missed the start of the campaign but returned after six games.

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Those injuries haven't impacted Pierre-Paul's production, however, and this latest ailment sounds like it's far less severe in nature.

Meanwhile, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Thursday that training camps remain on track to open July 28:

Pierre-Paul's timetable puts him on track to complete his recovery right around the same time, though the Bucs will likely take it slow with the edge-rusher at the outset of practices.

Tampa Bay is scheduled to open the regular season Sept. 13 when they travel to face the New Orleans Saints.