On July 4, 2015, then-New York Giants’ pass rusher, Jason Pierre-Paul, sustained a serious hand injury while igniting fireworks at his home. The injury cost his right index finger, severely affected his play for the next two seasons, and made him the subject of humor and scrutiny around the league.
JPP has since returned to form since the injury, thriving and looking like the player of old in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Unfortunately, that may have been his only season with the team, as this upcoming year may be in jeopardy, as well as the remainder of his career.
Tampa DE Jason Pierre Paul suffered a potential season-ending fractured neck injury in a single-car accident last week in south Florida, league sources tell ESPN. Pierre-Paul will visit neck specialists this week to get their opinions to see if there’s hope to save this season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 7, 2019
Per Schefter, the belief is that JPP will ultimately need surgery to repair the fracture in his neck. If that ends up being the case, the former All-Pro will undoubtedly miss the season, not having the chance to play for new head coach Bruce Arians.
Now to be clear, in no way shape or form has it been suggested that this could be career ending for Pierre-Paul. That is merely speculation on my end given the complicated nature of neck injuries and their equally complicated recovery process, which is filled with many obstacles. Give his age and the hard-hitting position that he plays, it’s entirely possible that JPP’s football playing days could be over.
This is still a developing story and more updates will be provided in the coming days. Ultimately, we can hope that this won’t affect JPP’s quality of life and pray that he will make a full recovery.
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