The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday that DE Jason Pierre-Paul has returned to practice and opened his 21-day practice period. The Bucs will need to add him to their active roster at some point in the next three weeks.
Here’s the Buccaneers updated practice squad:
- S John Battle
- DL Terry Beckner
- CB Mazzi Wilkins
- OT Brad Seaton
- TE Jordan Leggett
- WR Amara Darboh
- QB Chad Kanoff
Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured vertebra after he was involved in a car accident. After receiving several opinions on his injury, Pierre-Paul decided to not undergo surgery, which left him with a five- or six-month timetable.
The Buccaneers placed Pierre-Paul on the non-football injury list at the start of training camp. The team has said they expect him back potentially in October.
Pierre-Paul, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Giants back in 2010. He played out his rookie contract with New York before agreeing to a four-year, $62 million contract that includes $40 million guaranteed.
The Giants later traded Pierre-Paul to the Buccaneers last year for third- and fourth-round picks. Pierre-Paul stood to make base salaries of $13,250,000 (2019) and $11,250,000 (2020) over the remainder of the contract when he agreed to a restructured deal last month that will make Pierre-Paul a free agent after this season.
In 2018, Pierre-Paul appeared in 16 games for the Buccaneers and recorded 58 tackles, 12.5 sacks, a forced fumble and two pass defenses.