As rookie minicamp comes to a close, the saga that is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line continues.
While Gerald McCoy’s future with the Bucs has been an ongoing topic for months now, details surrounding Jason Pierre-Paul and the car accident that left him with a fractured vertabra continue to develop.
Pierre-Paul’s injury led many to speculate that it opens the door – perhaps more so than before, at least – for a return to Tampa Bay for McCoy, but comments have been few and far between from both parties. The uncertainty is again fueled with Pierre-Paul’s decision to forego surgery after multiple doctors reportedly told him that he could heal naturally, giving him a timetable of four to six months for a return to football.
With surgery off the table, the plan is to recheck #Bucs DE Jason Pierre-Paul's fractured vertebra at the 4-month mark, source said. The good news: Three independent doctors concurred it'll heal on its own. Expected timeline is 5-6 months, if not sooner.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 10, 2019
When Mike Cairns of Spectrum Sports asked about his future Friday night at the Dicky V Gala in Sarasota, McCoy simply replied, “I’ll be playing football somewhere.”
McCoy continued when asked whether he’ll be playing football with the Bucs in 2019.
“I don’t know,” McCoy said. “I’m just here to be supportive tonight. The fans know I love them, I’ll be on the field at some point.”
The Stars were out tonight @DickieV Gala in Sarasota. Including #Bucs DT @Geraldini93 Have we seen the last of him here in Tampa. Here's my Exclusive with him tonight. The entire interview you saw on @SpecSports360 @BN9 pic.twitter.com/TtDY27ugat
— Mike Cairns (@MikeCairns5) May 11, 2019
Following the second day of rookie minicamp on Saturday it was no surprise that Bruce Arians was asked about both situations.
“That’s totally up to him,” Arians said of Pierre-Paul’s decision. “I can’t talk about his injuries and nothing’s changed from yesterday for me.”
Arians was a bit less candid when asked about McCoy’s comments.
“I don’t talk about guys that aren’t here,” Arians replied. “Ask me about a guy that’s here and I’ll talk about them all day.”
But the Bucs’ new head coach doesn’t seemed worried about either situation, clarifying that there’s nothing to be done and that they’re both scenarios that can be fixed by training camp, regardless of the outcomes.
“It’s easy. When we get to training camp we’ll have the guys that we want in there,” Arians said. “When I was in Arizona, that last week we’d always add that missing piece. We’re looking for that missing piece right now but there’s someone out there. John Abraham came in, Dwight Freeney came in, guys that really impacted our defense and Todd [Bowles] did a great job of matching them up so we’re nowhere near where we’re going to be in September. So we’ll just wait and see.”
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) May 11, 2019