TAMPA, Fla. - Standing in front of dozens of reporters, Jason Pierre-Paul chronicled his latest return from a devastating injury.
"I got a lot to do in a short amount of time," he said.
It has been less than six months since Pierre-Paul suffered a fractured neck in a one-car accident. In that short amount of time, he has willed his body back to the point of being able to play again in the NFL. Remember, this is a young man who has already defied the odds by returning from an accident involving fireworks that badly damaged his right hand.
"Not a lot of people come back from a blown up hand, too," says Pierre-Paul. "But, I had no doubts"
Vanquishing doubt seems to be at the heart of Jason Pierre-Paul's comeback ability. Tampa Bay Buccaneer Head Coach Bruce Arians describes the defensive standout as a "freak of nature as far as healing.
"He has a great belief in his faith,” says Arians, "I think that sometimes that helps in healing."
Arians says the decision on whether or not Jason Pierre-Paul plays this Sunday against Tennessee will be made later in the week, after JPP has a chance to practice in pads.
The Tampa Bay Bucs face the Tennessee Titans in Nashville at 1 p.m. Sunday on FOX13. Start your day at 10:30 am with Scott Smith's Tailgate Sunday, and stick around after the Bucs game for a post-game wrap-up live from Nashville