Seeing Jason Pierre-Paul on the Bucs injury report has been a common occurrence over the past three years. Yet the 32 year-old outside linebacker has missed just six games, all due to a neck/back injury in 2019. After playing through a knee injury all of last season, Pierre-Paul now finds himself back on the injury report with a shoulder concern. This time, the injury could be more significant than originally thought.
Posting on his Instagram story on Wednesday, Pierre-Paul wrote “Only God knows da true meaning of setbacks. Let’s go get this news feedback”. Pierre-Paul posted from the steps of an airplane, with video of him flying over mountains on the rest of his story.
Bucs’ Jason Pierre-Paul added a shoulder injury this week, and not only wasn’t practicing but posted pics/video from a plane today, with a cryptic “setback” message: pic.twitter.com/5dxJj4QAG0
While it isn’t obvious where Pierre-Paul was going or what his message actually means, there is plenty of evidence for some concern. The 12th-year pass rusher missed Wednesday’s practice with a listed hand/shoulder injury, after missing practices with a hand injury last week. It’s speculation, but it appears Pierre-Paul may have been flying somewhere for a medical opinion on his shoulder. This may be the “setback” he was referring to in his post.
If Pierre-Paul can’t play on Sunday against the Rams, rookie Joe Tryon-Shoyinka would make his first NFL start. Tryon-Shoyinka has flashed high-end ability in the preseason and in his first two regular season games. He’s not as well-rounded or as versatile a player as Pierre-Paul right now, but Tryon-Shoyinka would still give the Bucs important pass rush chops off the edge. Third-year outside linebacker Anthony Nelson would likely see an increased role as well.
Top kick/punt returner Jaydon Mickens joined Pierre-Paul on the injury report with a hip concern on Wednesday. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians described both players as day-to-day. The Bucs are already without starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting due to an elbow injury. In addition, backup linebacker Kevin Minter and wide receiver Antonio Brown currently sit on the COVID list.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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