Jason Pierre-Paul back on Buccaneers' active roster after suffering broken neck

Eric HeYahoo Sports Contributor
Jason Pierre-Paul is back on the <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nfl/teams/tampa-bay/" data-ylk="slk:Buccaneers">Buccaneers</a>' active roster six months after neck surgery. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Jason Pierre-Paul is back on the Buccaneers' active roster six months after neck surgery. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jason Pierre-Paul’s road back to seeing NFL action is complete.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated the linebacker on Saturday, less than six months after he was involved in a serious car accident that fractured his neck. Pierre-Paul will play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, marking an incredible comeback for the 30-year-old.

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Pierre-Paul sustained the injury when his Ferrari spun out on I-95 in South Florida and hit a median. He did not opt to have surgery, which would have ended his season. Instead, he let his neck heal — and he is expected to be back on the field in less than half a year.

Another comeback for Jason Pierre-Paul

Pierre-Paul has taken part in practice in recent weeks, gradually ramping up to get back to game speed. When asked about coming back from a broken neck, the linebacker — who infamously blew up his hand in a fireworks explosion in 2016 — had the perfect response:

it might understandably take some time for Pierre-Paul to get back up to speed. But he led the Buccaneers with 12.5 sacks last season, and will immediately form a vaunted 1-2 punch with teammate Shaq Barrett, who is tied for first in the league with nine sacks.

After eight seasons with the New York Giants, Pierre-Paul was traded to the Buccaneers prior to the 2018 season. Looking to put the fireworks incident past him, Pierre-Paul instead had to deal with another gruesome injury.

But as Pierre-Paul said, if anyone can do it, it is him.

“It felt great. It's been a long journey,” Pierre-Paul said to the media Tuesday. “I've still got a lot going on, but it's been great being with my teammates. ... I feel good.”

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