JPP Likely Needs Neck Surgery

May 7th, 2019

As a result of a one-car crash last week, Bucs stud defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will likely need to undergo neck surgery and may be lost for the year.

This is the awful news Twittered by Adam Schefter of BSPN.

@AdamSchefter: 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. While Buccaneers’ DE Jason Pierre-Paul will be visiting this week with neck specialists, the belief is that he likley will need surgery for his fractured neck, per source.

Joe clearly hopes the best for JPP first and foremost. Joe has to wonder if this is the end of JPP’s days with the Bucs. He’s only under contract for one more year. Will the Bucs bring back a defensive lineman with a bum neck?

Now the Bucs are looking at Carl Nassib as the anchor to the Bucs’ pass rush. That, or a rookie inside linebacker.

How’s your Tuesday going?

111 Responses to “JPP Likely Needs Neck Surgery”

  1. Omac Says:

    Do the Bucs still have to pay him? If not, that frees up cap for Ansah or Sue….

  2. D-Rome Says:

    Never believe this team when it comes to injuries. They hide the truth or sometimes lie.

  3. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans) Says:


  4. Buc4life7878 Says:

    I swear this only happens to us. We live under a black cloud.

  5. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Josh Allen doesn’t….

  6. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Does this mean we dont have to pay him for this year? Can we use his salary for another player?

  7. thefinalf33r Says:

    Oh for the love of Christ

  8. Knoxville Buc! Says:

    Guess he would have been better off at the voluntary workouts…

  9. hirederrickbrooks Says:

    One more reason why they should have drafted DE from KY. SMH.


  10. K_bassuka Says:

    And the not drafting Josh Allen nightmare begins.

  11. Season Is Over Says:

    Does this mean Licht outsmarted everyone during the draft by not taking pass rusher?

  12. Rob Says:

    With the first overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Bucs take Tua. Go Bucs!

  13. Kalind Says:

    So glad we passed on Josh Allen.

  14. Buclife954 Says:

    This franchise is cursed!!! Carl Nassib is our best pass rusher daaammit mannn

  15. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Such a joke this type of crap always happens to us. Does he have guaranteed money? If he misses the year do we cut him and would we get his contracts off the books which opens up spaces to sign ansah

  16. Snook Says:

    And now the “Should’ve drafted Allen” crowd appears…

    Problem with that is rookie DEs RARELY make an impact in their first or second year.

  17. Jean Lafitte Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation Says:

    and there it is folks

    Gholston and Nassib are our DE’s ..GOD help us.

  18. T REX Says:

    Wish him the best. Terrible news. If he cant play the Devin White pick was a huge mistake.

  19. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    Fire Licht Tonight!

  20. Steven Fink Says:

    Did Arians “re-retire” yet?

  21. DBS Says:

    Only in Bucland can this sh!t happen.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    May as well stick a fork in this guy.

    He can join the list of unreliable Bucs.

    This really sucks. Our silver lining is that its only May so we have time to upgrade a now depleted DL.

  23. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    If only gmc was traded already then he wouldn’t have been driving at 5am and got in this accident

    In all seriousness Here’s to hoping jpp a healthy recovery

  24. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Wonder if we can trade GMC for a pass rusher?

  25. D-Rome Says:

    It looks like playing football is the safest thing JPP does in his life.

  26. FairMinded Says:

    Get well JPP but holy crap man the team didn’t know this going into the draft?????

  27. kstoges Says:

    guys I’m SICK

  28. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Dunce Cap has had 5 years to build depth in the roster and has done NOTHING.

    Once a starter goes down, the drop-off is a 10,000 ft. cliff.

    Dunce Cap is so much smarter than all the other GM’s combined with his “outside the box” picks and philosophy.

    And for what? So when a starter gets injured. We’re Fxxxxd!

  29. SCBucsFan Says:

    JPP was here for one more year. White was still the pick unless you think Joe Dirt is a NFL starting MLB.

  30. Slugglife Says:

    D- Rome

    That’s gold, my man.

  31. kstoges Says:

    But guys how u gunna blame licht for this come on I forgot he controls car accidents to

  32. ncbucsfan Says:

    He stay getting injured in the offseason lately! Not being serious, but if true, that rookie pick out of Iowa (Anthony Nelson) will need to mature very quickly!!

    It brings up the question: Do the salary-cap strapped Bucs keep an injured player earning $14M on the roster or do you cut him and keep GMC? We may very-well have been planning on dumping him after 2019 anyways.

  33. ATL Bucs Fan Says:

    As if anyone can predict these things. The JAllen crowd is a joke.

    Speedy recovery JPP!

  34. Don_RyJo(e) Says:

    *Blink Blink*

    Yup, it’s a Bucs life. This checks out.


  35. Jean Lafitte Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation Says:

    This was staring us in the face before Licht decided to take an inside LB with our first pick. I was being ripped to shreds by some of you for suggesting we should grab a pass rusher first. Maybe White can play DE

  36. ncbucsfan Says:

    On second thought, we’d incur $7.5M in dead-money by cutting him.

  37. JimmyJack Says:

    Kstoges………It’s a kneejerk reactions. No use questioning it.

    Licht is the scapegoat for any and all. Don’t have to agree but is best to accept it and move on.

  38. Dewey Selmon Says:

    What moron wrecks his car and misses football season? Kendell Beckwith

  39. Miller5252 Says:

    Looks like that Daniels kid just made the team. Since we’re not going to have a good D this year might as well let this kid giver.

  40. AllhailJPP Says:

    Top 3 pick next year… see ya then…

  41. donuts Says:

    How is that #5 LB pick looking now? The downward spiral of this franchise is stunning. Thanks Glazers.

  42. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    I never believed in curses until now

  43. JimmyJack Says:

    Ncbucs…….Likely scenario is they put him on IR for the season.

    I’m sure there is a desigination to but a guy there for a full season with no chance to return. Don’t know how that affects CAp dollar. I’m sure somebody will tell us before too long.

  44. University of Seffner Says:

    Car accidents have taken Kendall Beckwith and now Jason Pierre Paul away off the field. This sucks.

  45. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think we take a dead cap hit of $7.5 mil… we will save 6.5 mil of his $14 against this year’s cap.

    Just bad luck….& Jason Licht has absolutely nothing to do with it.

  46. Bruce Blahak Says:

    UN FLUCKIN BELIEVABLE! ….just when you think it couldn’t get any worse. It’s time for an Exorcist or Voodoo shaman to rid this team of whatever curse has been here since winning the Lombardi trophy. One thing after another…and another…and another

  47. JimmyJack Says:

    Donuts. It looks just as good. Thanks.

  48. donuts Says:

    How is that #5 LB pick looking now? The downward spiral of this franchise is stunning. Thanks Glazers. Nice planning by the new team coaching crew and front office.

  49. Buc Neckid Says:

    Does putting him on the Non-Football related Injuries List count against the Cap?

  50. BurgDweller Says:

    Someone tell Licht he can have the best secondary in the entire NFL but that don’t mean squat if the QB gets no pressure and can pinpoint his passes with perfect accuracy. Will be a 5-11 season if we are lucky.

  51. SCBucsFan Says:

    donuts that pick looks great. We have our MLB for the near future.

  52. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Was just about to ask that neckid

  53. donuts Says:

    Jack spoken like someone who doesn’t understand the building blocks of winning teams. It starts and ends in the trenches not LB. The Bucs continue to be exposed for bad FA and draft choices.

  54. Sarasota Garey Says:

    I guess well have the money to keep MCCoy

  55. Totally Exonerated Says:

    Welp. This season was fun while it lasted. 2020 is definitely our year!! 🙄

  56. Dirks Great Granpappy Says:

    Bc drafting Ed Oliver would mean this is a non issue? How is it licht or Devin whites fault? Asking josh Allen to replace 10 sacks seems like a bit of a reach. Losing jpp sucks but Devin white is still a beast and those other guys would not have more of an impact.

    Go get ansah

  57. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I hope for JPP’s sake he has a Lloyds of London injury or disability policy because there is no way his auto policy will compensate him for his loss….

  58. 813bucboi Says:

    this is why i was pounding the table to draft ed oliver@5 and then jachi polite or zach allen…..

    smart teams dont wait until a hole is created to fill it!!!!!!… the worse they wouldve been great depth had jpp and gmc returned…..

    you dont draft 3db’s a year after drafting 3db’s…..we’re not going to be able to pay them all anyways if they do pan out…….

    the only way licht gets this right is if he releases GMC and then signs ziggy and mo wilkerson…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  59. Slugglife Says:

    No different than losing him in the first quarter of game 1. Pretty sure the sky hasn’t falllen. Relax guys. There are 31 other teams you can now cheer on since our season is officially over. Have fun.

  60. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hey….if we drafted Josh Allen….>LVD would have gone down….

  61. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Hope he gets healthy just for his life….now that this comes out what is the next thing to drop the drinkin/drugs & driving it was 5 am on a weekday morning he wrecked

    This will be there year the bucs hit rock bottom a good 2-14 year and maybe go get a legit NFL GM/President to run this team

  62. Gman Says:

    If only there were some potentially great defensive ends available in the draft….

  63. JimmyJack Says:

    Y’all acting like the season starts next month.

    Calm down. They will bring in passrusherss help. JPP is tough to replace and we may have to downgrade a bit but if an injury in May sinks you’re season then the team aren’t run properly.

  64. Buccernutter Says:

    So people are belittling the white pick because of JPP’s injury?

    Dumbest fan base in sports. You guys are pathetic.

  65. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    I wonder if the “Ira” podcast is pre-recorded today. They’ll have to scrap it and GO LIVE!

    Look out, Judge Jeanine, Ira’s going to break into the Nifty Top Fifty Podcasts today.

  66. Gettinthebucs Says:

    I’m telling you man we’re cursed. Why Lord why?!?!?!

  67. AceOfAerospace Says:

    I don’t have a broken neck. My Tuesday’s pretty good so far.

  68. JimmyJack Says:

    Ok donuts……And we drafted VitaV for the line last year…… I guess you are one of the fans that didn’t cry about that pick.

  69. JA Says:

    “MAY be lost for the season.”

    Let’s not jump the gun folks … It has yet to be fired. Let’s wait for a medical prognosis from a speciality surgeon before we go gloom and doom. At this moment, we have no detailed information about the injury. All we have is Shefter and his unnamed source. Let’s just hope the source was not a doctor 😒
    Until his loss for the season is confirmed by a medical professional, I choose to have a GREAT Tuesday.

    Sorry Joe …

  70. JimmyJack Says:

    ***Drafted VitaV & traded for a premire DE***

  71. Bird Says:


    Terrible news. I still haven’t heard whole story on accident In middle of night / early morning.

    Bad luck Bucs.
    This will hurt big time.

    Yah ..I wonder if injury settlement factors into cap hit ?

  72. Marine Buc Says:

    This tragedy is a perfect display of what a Bucs fan life truly is. A car wreck that breaks our neck every single season.

  73. JimmyJack Says:

    JA……It does say he fractured his neck bro.

  74. Todd Says:

    How’s that Bentley you’re always showing off while you’re filming yourself JPP?

    Worth it?!

  75. Jean Lafitte Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation Says:

    This franchise is a perpetual bad joke. We had a slew of 10 LB’s to work with but only 2 true pass rushers and we draft an ILB with our first pick.

  76. Cobraboy Says:

    I doubt a determination will be made until after surgery, if JPP has it.

    It could be worse.

    Imagine if Winston had a NFI that required surgery.

    If the team was not in such a cap crunch, JPP’s NFI would not be such an intense existential crisis, just a crisis.

  77. Buc Neckid Says:

    JPP is in his contract year and will try to play.
    Because if JPP does not play,
    other teams will look at him as injured and will not touch him
    ESPECIALLY if it is a Neck Injury (see Mark Alstott:) ).
    And remember as we sit anonymously in our court of Public Opinion,
    JPP is going to say that it’s not that bad and will say he can play
    He will even get as many Second Opinions as possible to not only attempt to sway the BUCS but Also his Next Year’s Potential Team.
    The BUCS, in the last year of Contract with a player with a now *potentially* serious injury will have to make the call on whether to take the risk of keeping him or negotiating him out of his contract on an injury settlement.
    Regardless, the reality is, is that JPP will probably never play for the BUCS again.
    But JPP may be more screwed than the BUCS – as he may never play again even if his neck is healthy.

  78. T REX Says:

    Licht couldn’t have known…but hes still garbage.

  79. Buc'n Enough Says:

    “If it wasn’t for bad Licht, this franchise would have no Licht at all”

  80. Buc4evr Says:

    It’s a Bucs life… can we cut him and reduce the Cap? If so, we need to cut him if he is lost for the year, find a way to keep GMC, and sign Suh.

  81. Chris Simms 2020 GM Says:

    Too bad they don’t get a do-over draft.

    I’ll bet they would change at least 6 of their 8 picks.

  82. T REX Says:

    Cannot cut him

  83. JimmyJack Says:

    Don’t think we have to cut him if we put him on IR for the year.

    Don’t know but I would guess insurance pays the player in that situation. Not CAP.

    But I would guess it’s like baseball where you can desigination to season ending IR or could put on IR for a month or half a season. Would guess CAP dollar affected differently for both desigination.

  84. richardtyson Says:

    Kendell Beckwith and now JPP. F’ing Florida drivers.

  85. tmaxcon Says:

    rushing to those Fireworks Sales is a beotch!!!!

  86. Cobraboy Says:

    @JimmyJack: Both IR and NFI count against the cap unless the player is cut.

    Cutting him would create some dead cap amount $7.5 mil in dead cap. So you’d get around $7.4 mil in cap relief.

  87. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Here’s a list for ya:
    A.Sears-G = mental breakdown
    G.Adams-DE = death
    T.Jackson-FS = weed smoke
    Talib = taxi driver abuser
    Nicks-G = MRSA
    Freeman-QB = mental case
    Price-DT = injuries & gang violence
    McCoy = lifetime fraud
    ASJ = constipated boozer
    Aguayo = forgot how to kick, awol
    Beckwith = car accident
    JPP = car accident
    Winston = *different kind of car accident
    McNichols-RB & Jones-RB = playbook illiterates
    …AND ON AND ON….

  88. Says:

    You can’t shoulda coulda woulda with draft picks and injuries.
    JPP goes down, we should have drafted a DE
    ME goes down, we should have drafted a WR
    PB goes down, we should have drafted a RB
    DS goes down, we should have drafted an OL
    JW goes down, we should have drafted a QB (why did we let a top 12 QB in fitz walk again?)
    You can’t account for this kind of stuff.

    That said, our team has no depth anywhere.

    But we have a new coaching staff and excited to see what they can accomplish.

  89. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If you want to blame someone….Blame JPP… was his carelessness (again) and negligence that caused this….(don’t defend him because that is exactly what a one-car accident is)
    JPP has hurt himself, his family and his team and has no one to blame but himself.

    To blame Licht for not foreseeing that JPP would get into an accident,losing the year…. and not drafting a DE… beyond stupid.

  90. bryan kohn Says:


  91. The Buc Realist Says:

    And now, licht weight’s total fix of the d-line has been a complete miss!!!!!! all the trades and free-agents were a disaster!!!!!!! Can’t wait until coach stale biscuit “realizes” that so called “reload” roster is an actual “rebuild”!!!!!!!!!!!! and with that top three draft pick we will discuss bigger need qb or de in just four short months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    waste of a third round pick last year!!!!!!!!!!! licht weight got fleeced again!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!

  92. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Jean Lafitte Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation Says:
    May 7th, 2019 at 1:07 pm
    This franchise is a perpetual bad joke
    wanna flip a coin to see who keeps my original screen name ad on..SMH shameless people

  93. JimmyJack Says:

    Thanks Cobra……..Don’t like that news but thanks for learning me.

  94. Mike Johnson Says:

    SO WHAT? Next man up baby. Scour the waiver wires…See whose available. This is indeed devastating. And JPP is more than likely out for the year. Sh..Happens, injuries occur. No doubt JPP was our pass rush last season. The man brings it..period. Who will seize the opportunity? NO EXCUSES. Find a way to win Bucs. We are tired of being Losers! Plug the hole baby.

  95. Doctor_berto Says:

    That’s ok, we have like 14 DBs

  96. tmaxcon Says:

    Bruce Blahak Says:
    May 7th, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Here’s a list for ya:
    A.Sears-G = mental breakdown
    G.Adams-DE = death
    T.Jackson-FS = weed smoke
    Talib = taxi driver abuser
    Nicks-G = MRSA
    Freeman-QB = mental case
    Price-DT = injuries & gang violence
    McCoy = lifetime fraud
    ASJ = constipated boozer
    Aguayo = forgot how to kick, awol
    Beckwith = car accident
    JPP = car accident
    Winston = *different kind of car accident
    McNichols-RB & Jones-RB = playbook illiterates
    …AND ON AND ON….


  97. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Doctor_berto Says:
    May 7th, 2019 at 1:52 pm
    That’s ok, we have like 14 DBs
    Bucs will be OK they have been given permission,out of sympathy, to run a
    3-4-7 defense in 2019

  98. RODNEY ALLEN Says:

    Wow I thought he walked away without injury in a minor accident. Get well JPP first n foremost but now does that mean our top too r nassib n spense🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️

  99. T REX Says:

    Mike Johnson Says:
    May 7th, 2019 at 1:49 pm
    SO WHAT? Next man up baby. Scour the waiver wires…See whose available.

    Then you say this…

    This is indeed devastating


  100. donuts Says:

    You are right about one thing so far on all the posts on this article… Yes, I didnt whine about Vea being the 2018 pick. Feel free to search grasshopper. The ACHILLES of this team is the OL/DL for about 3 seasons now. Goodwin and Bowles are gonna earn their money this year if they can make anything out of the chicken spit Licht has brought in here the past 4 seasons. He should have been fired long ago but in Buc tradition we cling to the losers and let the winners walk over money. Its our history…no denying.

    Its okay, by mid season when we are 2-6 and cant get off the field against the Titan’s Mariota you can start saying the same things I am. Allen was the BEST pick at 5; should have been the pick. It was the obvious pick based on NEED and Allen being the best available. Williams-Bosa-Allen-Oliver then Sweat was how I stacked it.

    Looking forward to this season….as dreadful as it may be its still NFL!

  101. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Well, at least a blitzing white can flush the qb’s to our horrible d ends smh

  102. Jeff Says:

    Where. Seatbelt people, and stay off your f-in phones! And you won’t need neck surgery!

  103. Jean Lafitte Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation Says:

    @AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Are you triggered? f’n crybaby

  104. JA Says:


    There’s a big difference between a hairline fracture and a clean break, with several negatives and positives in various circumstances from best to worst.

  105. adam from ny Says:

    the knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone…

    the thigh bone’s connected to the neck bone…

    the neck bone’s connected to the licht bone…

    the licht bone’s connected to the dicht bone…

    and so on and so on…

    i pray for jpp, beckwith and my ybor city bucs

  106. lowercaseg Says:

    Hope he doesn’t need surgery, but if so I’m hoping for a speedy recovery. If he is out then maybe we’re exempt from paying him this season since the injury didn’t happen on a team facility. Get well JPP.

  107. View from 132 Says:

    He was cited by police for giving someone the finger. He had it in his glove box.

  108. unbelievable Says:


    Right? Rightttttttt?


  109. Tony LA Says:

    JPP led us to 5-11.
    We were 5-11 the year before without him.

    It sucks. It happens. We will not be the only team to suffer a random devastating injury.

  110. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Season Is Over Says:

    “Does this mean Licht outsmarted everyone during the draft by not taking pass rusher?”

    White IS a pass rusher. Have you ever watched his highlights?

  111. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Steven Fink Says:
    “Did Arians “re-retire” yet?”

    D-Rome Says:
    “It looks like playing football is the safest thing JPP does in his life.”
    I hope I can still laugh at these in October.