Joe Hawley Reveals Knee Injury

October 14th, 2016
Center Joe Hawley

Center Joe Hawley

The guy who replaced the guy who replaced Jeremy Zuttah in the starting lineup had a rough and frightening night against the Panthers.

Center Joe Hawley explained last night on WDAE-AM 620 to Tom Krasniqi.

“I thought I completely blew my knee out. It was scary,” Hawley said of the first time he left the game against the Panthers.

“I blew my right knee out completely a couple of years ago, and so I know what the feeling’s like, and it felt very similar. So I was very scared more than anything rolling around. The pain was immense. The trainers and the did the ACL test, MCL test and tested all the ligaments, and they all were structurally stable. Thank God. And they said, ‘You know, you’re going to be ok. Obviously, if the pain’s ok, do you want try to brace it up and go back in and try to finish this game?’ I was like, ‘Absolutely.’

“We went in, braced it up and I was able to go out. I ended up getting an MRI. It ended up just being an MCL strain. So I don’t think I’m going to miss any time.”

Scary stuff there. And props to Hawley for having a warrior mentality during a contract year.

Hawley later in the game was pulled as part of the NFL’s concussion protocol, but he was fine. “I didn’t get a concussion,” said Hawley, who added he was thankful the NFL system was watching out for him after he got up slowly after a play.

18 Responses to “Joe Hawley Reveals Knee Injury”

  1. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    getting rid of zuttah another quality move by licht

  2. Rojas Says:

    I know it’s too early to talk mock drafts.. but why not have a little fun.

    so here’s what I did. Pulled off some down-trades, tried to aim for best needs, jumped on a legit South Florida Bulls pickup with MACK ATTACK (6th Round? SERIOUSLY? He’s 3rd Round, tops) and this is what I got.
    Your score is: 9131 (GRADE: B+)

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 13 (ARI): JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern California (A)
    Round 2 Pick 11: Eddie Jackson, SS, Alabama (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 19 (BUF): Lowell Lotulelei, DT, Utah (A)
    Round 3 Pick 11: Marcus Maye, FS, Florida (A-)
    Round 3 Pick 19 (BUF): Ethan Pocic, C, LSU (A+)
    Round 3 Pick 28 (ATL): Bryan Cox, DE, Florida (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 11: Tyrone Crowder, OG, Clemson (A)
    Round 4 Pick 27 (ATL): James Quick, WR, Louisville (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 11: Haason Reddick, OLB, Temple (B)
    Round 6 Pick 11: Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida (B+)
    Round 7 Pick 11: Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee (A-)

    Did not draft any TE as the values available at my pick moments just weren’t there. Same can be said for the OT spot.
    Lot of this depends also what our backup QB situation will be like.

  3. Negative Jeff Says:

    What a BEAST! Love this guy. Brings his lunch pail to work everyday. “Wanna try a brace and go back in” YES! What a warrior. This team needs more guys with his mentailty.

  4. Chris Says:

    Never too early with our Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rojas.

  5. utbucsfan Says:

    lovie did not want zuttah here

  6. unbelievable Says:

    Brawley Hawley has the kind of mindset we need across this line.

    It will be interesting if Sweezy actually does practice and/or play this year, would he replace Pamphile? Or move to RG (where he played in Seattle), and Marpet move to center?

  7. KingBuc17 Says:

    Hawley played his ass off and is the Ayers of the OL, love his nasty disposition. He is making Pamphile and Marpet very good, and helped Quizz explode versus a very good front seven in Car. Also, I always see Hawley getting a good block at the second level. Great job OL, plus we are very deep with Sweezy and Smith on the bench.

  8. Kobe Faker Says:

    “My back hurt just looking at that! I turned over and found out i was sitting on the remote control”

    JR Sweezy

    cheers guys! (raised Jason Licht Ale)

  9. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Rojas love it and you keep in the south something that licht sways from

  10. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “getting rid of zuttah another quality move by licht”

    Light has made some bad moves but if I remember it was Lovie Smith that directly called our offensive line out immediately after being hired and he was given full personnel control vs the setup we have now where Light is in charge of the roster.

    I believe Light was high on Collins but the decision to get rid of the guys we had was driven by Lovie right off the bat. Every website was rating Collins & Johnson as great pickups for the most part. Collins had great tape and played well before coming to Tampa and forgetting how to be an OT.

    At this point I’d say the biggest blunders on Light’s resume are his 2nd round picks of ASJ & Aguayo; and Aguayo can still turn it around. This was the first year where the FA pickups weren’t driven by the coach (i.e. Lovie hand pickign all the defensive signings we had the prior 2 years with guys he was familiar with).

    Grimes & Ayers have been major contributors (when healthy). Sweezy was a screw up but more based on a weird medical thing than anything anyone would have predicted at the time. Jaquis Rodgers was a great signing but probably influenced by Dirk more than Light. All of Light’s 1st rounders have been solid (vs Dominic and guys like Clayborne & Barron & trading away a 1st for a rental year of Revis instead of getting a young stud like Sheldon Richardson).

    By the way – Revis doesn’t look that dominant anymore and I don’t think he has ever been the same since that injury. I don’t even think he was dominant as a Pat as much as the team was just a great defense that schemed very well. Even if we still had Revis that trade would look terrible compared to an in your prime defensive player that we could have selected in that draft for much cheaper compared to Revis’ salary now.

    As long as Light can get us 2-3 starters or major contributors every draft, and hit on 1/2 of his FA pickups, he will be doing an average job as a GM. Those are realistic expectations based on league averages. You guys expect every FA pickup & every draft pick to be a stud which is never going to happen no matter who your GM is. It doesn’t help that we are not an attractive market for FA either.. You can only sign guys that actually want to come here..

    Mike Evans, Charles Sims, Kevin Pamphile
    Jameis Winston, Donavon Smith, Ali Marpet, Kwon Alexander
    VHIII, Noah Spence, Aguayo, Ryan Smith

    That’s the group of players I see as guys that will likely develop and stick around for a while. Evans / Winston / Marpet / Kwon / VHIII all have shown as types of players that could make a probowl or be all-pros eventually. That’s pretty damn good. Noah Spence has been hurt and I still have a ton of hope for him. I think he’s just trying to get a feel for the speed and time his moves against much better competition than what he faced in college. But eveyr game there are moments where he flashes to me and gets some pressure by making a great move on a guy. Just needs to get more consistent.

    Lot of free time this friday haha. Go Bucs!

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You can add Humphries & Brate to the list of players brought in at little to no cost…UDFA who make the team and contribute compensate for draft picks that don’t work out.

    So….Brate compensates for ASJ & Humphries compensates for Bell, for example…..Now, obviously you would like to have everyone work out but that just doesn’t always happen.

  12. BigMacAttack Says:

    In other news GMC misses another game because of a severe hang nail. I thought they said GMC could play through the pain without any further damage. Oh, guess not, collect that fat check, sit around and crack jokes on the sidelines.

  13. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Joe Hawley is to the Bucs what youngblood was to the Rams.

  14. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Just an age check of the members of this site.

  15. Issic Haggins Says:

    Hayley is a football player at heart and Gerald is a camera poser at heart!!!

  16. buccfan305 Says:


    How could you not list Myles Garrett as a possible DE?? Kid is a beast

    If he comes out this year

  17. Dave Says:

    Really?? You’re bashing Licht?
    The guy has put together the best bucs talent and coaches in over a decade and did it in 2 years. 1 more year and all the pieces will be there.
    Sounding like a very ignorant football mind

  18. clint Says:

    I watch the bucs. I read here and there. I do have two young kids, so I’ve been slacking a little…..

    Who the hell is Joe Hawley? ya know?