Jason Pierre Paul out of hospital after car crash

Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was released from a hospital stay on Thursday after a car crash, the team announced Thursday evening.

“We have been informed that Jason was involved in a one-car accident early this morning in South Florida in which he was not cited,” general manager Jason Licht said in a statement. “We know that he was evaluated at a local hospital and has since been released.

“Our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of Jason and his passenger. We have been in contact with Jason and will be getting him further evaluated by our medical staff in the near future.”

TMZ reported Pierre-Paul’s SUV crashed around 5 a.m. in Broward County, and he was rushed to the hospital. The report added Pierre-Paul was not speeding or accused of any wrongdoing, and he was “doing fine” after being released from the hospital.

Pierre-Paul, 30, is from Deerfield Beach, Fla., in Broward County. He missed time due to an off-field injury in 2015, after losing a finger and part of a second finger in a fireworks accident in Miami on July 4.

Pierre-Paul was traded from the New York Giants to the Buccaneers in March 2018, a year after signing a four-year, $62 million extension. He had 12.5 sacks, 20 quarterback hits and 16 tackles for loss in 16 games in 2018, his highest marks since 2014.

Last April, Buccaneers linebacker Kendell Beckwith injured his ankle as the passenger in a single-car accident, requiring surgery that ended his 2018 season. Licht said earlier this month that Beckwith is still seeing specialists about the ankle, and his status for the 2019 season is in doubt.