Ryan Jensen Reality

January 21st, 2022

Joe has a sincere question for the legions of NFL faithful reading here.

Can anyone recall an offensive lineman spraining an ankle early in a game, playing through the injury and not missing a snap, and then not playing the following Sunday? In the playoffs?

Joe can’t think of a player who fits that scenario.

That’s the situation Bucs center Ryan Jensen is in today. He went down early against the Eagles on Sunday and struggled to get off the field and appeared in agony on the sidelines. But then he went right back in for the next series and finished the game in fine fashion. The Bucs were enjoying a blowout win and Jensen never left the field.

So why should Joe believe that Jensen won’t play against the Rams on Sunday at The Licht House?

Yes, he has an injured ankle. But he played through it as so many linemen do.

Not only is Jensen an ultimate warrior who hasn’t missed a game since 2016, he’s in a contract year and surely determined to do whatever it takes to play well.

Joe’s not worried about Jensen playing Sunday. And Joe found it very interesting that on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday night, Hall of Fame general manager Bill Polian said he had a conversation early in the week with Bucco Bruce Arians. And then a little later in the broadcast, Polian said he was confident Jensen would play.

Breathe, Bucs fans. Breathe.

33 Responses to “Ryan Jensen Reality”

  1. LostDecadeSurvivor Says:

    Jensen is going to play and hes going to get The Strangler kicked out of the contest.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If there were any question with Jensen he would have been yanked after a 31-0 lead……
    That would have been a good opportunity for Hainsey……how many 31-0 leads have we had?

  3. mike Says:

    Hes a warrior! He will play. Whirfs is the problem… I don’t see him playing. The Eagles sacked tom 4 times and they don’t have a great pass rush, so i am very worried. The Bucs D line is going to have to match and get to the qb for us to have a good chance.

  4. PassingThru Says:

    It sure seemed like Jensen was in serious pain afterward. Two things do factor in his favor:

    1. Interior Offensive Linemen don’t have the lateral movement requirements of Offensive Tackles.

    2. It’s not a high-ankle sprain, so Jensen will likely have much more flexibility than Wirfs.

    What we don’t know is the severity (Grade) of the sprain.

    Can he play? Without knowing the severity, I’d say probably. Jensen is one tough dude, and the aforementioned two factors work in his favor.

  5. geno711 Says:

    Just for reference and my concern for offensive line:

    Los Angeles Rams at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Referee: Shawn Hochuli — 8th season and 4th as referee. Hochuli has worked a Wild Card Playoff and 5 Divisional Playoffs.

    Penalty calls out of 17 officiating crews:
    Holding: 5th
    Pass interference: 8th
    Roughing the passer: 9th
    Unsportsmanlike conduct: 4th
    Penalty yards: 2nd

    Team penalties per game + ranking:
    Rams: 5.50, 30th
    Buccaneers: 6.11, 24th

  6. MONK Says:

    A war of attrition. It points out the need to draft good potential backups at all positions.
    I believe Ryan will play and play well.

  7. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Ryan Jensen is a true Viking Warrior!
    The last thing anyone would want to do is get on his bad side.
    Not only is he Huge, he is also a Tae Kwon Do Black Belt!
    His whole family were all deeply involved in Martial Arts much of their lives.

  8. PassingThru Says:

    Good stuff geno711. Thanks.

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Jensen has been a stud since he’s been here…..but if he hurts himself further by playing…..then what good will he be for the Bucs if they somehow win this Sunday?????

    Like I said before, the Bucs Defense has to keep this game ugly……let players heal more for the more important games down the stretch…..

    The Bucs got beat by the Rams with players 100% healthy….so it makes zero sense playing injured players.

    THE DEFENSE has to win this game for the Bucs….HAS TO!!!!

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Not sure why he played the whole game? Why push the envelope? If things got sketchy could if always put him back in, this isn’t baseball. Same with Brady, LVD not taken out until mid 4th. Did BA forget there was another game the following week? Is Adam’s out of concussion protocol yet?

  11. geno711 Says:

    PassingThru Says:
    January 21st, 2022 at 10:28 am
    Good stuff geno711. Thanks.

    He ref’d one Buc game this year. Dallas 1st game of year.
    8 Buc’s penalties and 11 Dallas penalties.

  12. Joe in Michigan Says:

    TheBucsAnthem: The Bucs were 100% healthy for the Rams game? Most of the DB’s were out.

  13. ATLBuc Says:

    Joe!! Shhhhhhhhhhhh! We’re try to trick the Rams!

  14. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    Let’s all hope we see the “Bad Matthew Stafford” this Sunday…..hopefully he throws atleast two interceptions and the Rams RB fumbles the ball atleast one time.

    The Bucs need every single break they can get in order to get a chance at winning this game.

  15. gofortheface30 Says:

    Honest Question to others in here: Lets say Jalen Ramsey follows evans around and Evans is held to 4 catches for like 46 yards. Perriman is out. Our number 2 is now Tyler Johnson who is no better than a 4th receiver, and you have Miller and Darden (Kill me.) If Wirfs is out, will we still be able to leverage Gronk as much as we need to? Idk – just feels like we are so thin. Our gameplan needs to be Iron clad and damn near brilliant. Shi I would use GIO in the slot. OBVIOUSLY our defense is going to need to keep getting the ball back to the offense. This is a game where if Tampa is down 17-0 by the time the first quarter wraps up then its over. We simply dont have the horses right now to get in to some sort of wild west shootout.

  16. LostDecadeSurvivor Says:

    “The Bucs got beat by the Rams with players 100% healthy….so it makes zero sense playing injured players.”

    I do not get this logic. You play to win this game. If you get caught playing 2 backup OL when you don’t need to because you’re thinking about the next week you’ll lose.

    It’s the playoffs, dudes play hurt because it could be the last week. Try benching Jensen if hes medically cleared with the excuse “we need you for next week”.

    If hes not playing next week will probably be Week 1 of next season, and he knows that.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Geno711 … I think that almost all refs take the ‘Let em play’ approach much more in the playoffs than in the regular season. For example, Bucs only had 16 TOTAL penalties in the 4 playoff games last year, for a TOTAL of 133 yds. And just about half of those came in our playoff game against the Saints: 7 penalties for 672 yds. That’s an average of only 4 penalties per playoff game, for 33 yds/game.

    Compare that to our seasonal average in 2020. Bucs had 100 penalties in the 16 games for a total of 848 yds. That’s an average of 6.25 penalties per game for 53 yds/game. Pretty big difference it looks like to me.

    What really gets interesting though is when you focus on our games against the Saints. Every year the number of penalties in those games seems to far exceed the ‘average’ for the other games. Kinda gives me the feeling that the 2 teams REALLY don’t like each other.

  18. Simeon97 Says:

    I think Jensen is going to be out there. Aside from Brady he is another leader on the d and tough as nails.

    I think we are going to win this game because defense going to be super motivated. Everyone talking about how we can’t win because of no godwin/AB/Wirfs. They forget this defense put up one of the best performances in NFL history last year in the superbowl. Don’t sleep, they are going to come out strong.

  19. bucs4life Says:

    He’s a warrior. I bet he did some extensive rehab work on that ankle all week long.

  20. Canabuc Says:

    Sometimes the swelling and pain can increase a couple days later whereas in game taped up and pain killing shots let h continue. Fingers crossed.

  21. Duane Says:

    Jensen sets the tone for the line, and all of them are likely banged up. A wounded animal is a dangerous thing, and with its back against the wall this week on offense, I think there is still enough juice in the tank to sell out for a win.

  22. Ted Says:

    Rams 37 Bucs 17

  23. PassingThru Says:


    Wirfs is practicing!

  24. PassingThru Says:

    And of course Jensen is as well.

    Warriors, come out and play…..

  25. Marine Buc Says:

    We better get that quick/short passing game and our running game going early…

    Every pass in the first three quarters should be released from TB12’s hand as soon as his back foot hits the ground.

    Take your shots downfield in the 4th quarter if we have no other choice.

  26. Swampbuc Says:

    Oh please oh please oh please oh please……….

  27. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Ted Says:
    January 21st, 2022 at 11:49 am
    Rams 37 Bucs 17
    Ted = Turd

  28. orlbucfan Says:

    Not surprised to hear the penalties always increase when we play the Aints. How do you think we lost CD14 for the season? Aints and Payton cheat. Payton got kicked out of the NFL for a year cos of it. That’s why I’m thrilled we won the Division this year. As rough as this game will be Sunday, I’m glad it’s not the d### cheating’ Aints!

  29. unbelievable Says:

    @LostDecade – that is my hope as well.

  30. Swampbuc Says:

    Speaking of the Aints……wouldn’t it be great if the rumors that Jerry Jones wants to hire Sean Payton away from the Aints are true, and that actually happened? Oh boy wouldn’t that be great?!!!!!!!!

  31. MoHawg Says:

    Jensen, CSU-Pueblo

  32. DaveD Says:

    Due to an injury ,Ryan was forced into playing Tackle as a 220 lb freshman in college, he is one tough dude .He will play

  33. bradyfan1999 Says:

    I’d like to see 22 personnel (Brate Gronk Lenny Gio) with evans as the only WR