After fracturing the vertebrae in his neck from a single car crash last week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that Bucs defense end Jason Pierre-Paul will elect to go the non-surgical route to heal his injury.
Pierre-Paul has met with both his own doctors and the Bucs’ medical staff to receive numerous opinions on the best way to go, and ultimately decided not to have surgery.
Tom Pelissero also of the NFL Network then reported that three independent doctors of Pierre-Paul said he will be able to heal on his own, and that it will take five to six months, but possibly even quicker than that.
Pierre-Paul crashed his Ferrari into a median near Fort Lauderdale International Airport last Thursday at 2 A.M. He was not cited but police and was later released from the hospital along with the passenger that was with him. After the original report said that Pierre-Paul was doing alright, it was later found out that his neck was fractured and his 2019 season was in limbo.
Earlie on Friday, Bucs coach Bruce Arians did not have an update on the prognosis of Pierre-Paul before this later announcement, all he had could do was pray for him.
“We got our fingers crossed,” Arians said. “We’re praying for him. It’s very unfortunate. All we can do is just pray and hope for the best, and hope it’s one of those five or six month things, and you go from there.”
After receiving several opinions on his fractured vertebra, #Bucs pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is proceeding with the non-surgical option, sources say. As coach Bruce Arians said publicly, the hope is he plays during the 2019 season. But no surgery is planned at this point.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 10, 2019
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