Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul didn't practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury. Head coach Bruce Arians labeled him as day-to-day.
However, it appears Pierre-Paul might be slightly worse than expected. The 32-year-old sought a second opinion on his shoulder, and rest was the recommendation, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
It's likely Pierre-Paul will be inactive for this weekend's game against the Los Angeles Rams to "heal up," Rapoport adds.
#Bucs LB Jason Pierre-Paul had a second opinion on his shoulder and rest was the recommendation, source said. While no firm determination has been made, that likely leaves JPP inactive this week to heal up.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2021
It's important to note that Pierre-Paul didn't practice at all last week with what was described as a hand injury. The hand issue is still listed on the injury report.
Pierre-Paul has played both games this season. He has nine tackles in 138 defensive snaps.
If Pierre-Paul misses time, Anthony Nelson and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka could see more playing time this weekend. Nelson has played 21 snaps this season and has one tackle. Tryon, meanwhile, has played 40 snaps, recording four tackles and a quarterback hit.
The Bucs are 2-0 this season and are favored to win Sunday's game against the Rams. However, losing Pierre-Paul is significant, so the rest of the defense will have to step up if he's sidelined.