Star pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul, who hasn’t played since suffering a broken neck in an auto accident this offseason, has been activated from the reserve/non-football Injury list by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Saturday.
Pierre-Paul suffered the injury when his Ferrari spun out of control on a South Florida freeway and hit a median May 2. Police determined that rain was a factor.
After participating in one-on-one drills with offensive linemen last week, he joined teammates for his first squad practice Tuesday and then practiced in pads Wednesday.
“It felt great. It’s been a long journey,” Pierre-Paul said Tuesday. “I’ve still got a lot going on, but it’s been great being with my teammates. … I feel good.”
The Buccaneers play at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Pierre-Paul, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has 71 career sacks, 14 forced fumbles, 8 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions during his 10 NFL seasons.
ESPN’s Jenna Lane contributed to this report.