A Tristan Wirfs Recovery Update

May 10th, 2022

Tristan Wirfs

More good news flowing from One Buc Palace.

Three weeks ago, Joe brought exclusive word that All-Pro Bucs right tackle Tristan Wirfs said his messed up ankle is now “90 percent.” That was good news but also a little chilling, considered Wirfs suffered the injury three months before that update.

Wirfs reported for voluntary spring work a few weeks ago and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert offered an impromptu rehab update today on his beastly star student.

“Tristan’s been out there since he’s gotten back with his ankle. You know, trying to get back [after the ankle injury], it’s not taking too long; I can say that to you just watching him move,” Gilbert reported with a smile.

Wirfs avoided surgery and it sounds like he’s had no setback, which is fantastic.

As he’s done previously, Gilbert raved about Wirfs’ extreme athleticism and noted that it’s no surprise that he’s on top of the league after watching his work rate since the 2020 NFL Draft.

25 Responses to “A Tristan Wirfs Recovery Update”

  1. BradyBucs Says:

    An ankle injury not fully healed after 12+ weeks is NOT a good sign.

  2. #99 Says:

    Oh thank you Dr bradybucs !don’t know what we would do without your doctors degree

  3. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Wonder if there is a lil gamesmanship going on here? TB wearing off on the guys.

  4. SB Says:

    Warrior – No Worries!

  5. SB Says:

    Wirfs is someone you would love to have in your foxhole!

  6. Wade Landry Says:

    Wirfs has been impeccable on the field and he seems like a sincere young cat. I have been in health care 47 years Don’t know the extent of original injury but to 90% after 12 weeks is not awful or unusual.

  7. Adam Radmore Says:

    Significant high ankle sprains aren’t 100% for 6 months.

  8. sasquatch Says:

    Wirfs’ injured ankle was severe and probably would have had surgery if not for new treatments for healing the tears… Sounds more like it’s healed but not back to 100% strength yet. Of course, some will want to overreact because that’s what they do.

    If he had surgery he’d be even further away from 100% at this point.

  9. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I just had two cubital tunnel syndrome release and nerve transposition surgeries. Right arm was in January, left was 3 weeks ago. They both feel a lot better, my right arm is making really good progress, but I know it will take a little bit yet. Left arm is doing much better than how my right one did at the same time frame. I’m able to move it a lot more than I could my right after the splint came off, in fact it took a month for me to be comfortable. Point being every injury is different, even if it’s the same person and procedure. 12 weeks for some is bad, others its good. Did anyone think Cam Akers would be able to play this year on a blown Achilles and be that good? OJ had longer and looked like crap in comparison. It’s all relative.

  10. GOB Says:

    He had two torn ligaments, one off the bone. Wade is right. The long recovery time is not unusual. The long term problem with his injury, and position, is instability in the ankle. I didn’t play O line, but other than completely dislocating my shoulder, it was the most painful injury I ever experienced. I wish I had the modern medicine. We just got shots of toradol in the hip, and lots and lots of hydrocodone/w Tylenol. I once saw a team doc give 15 aspirin and a shot of lidocaine for a teammate with broken ribs..

  11. SPARKY Says:

    Leopold, just got a BJ. Might take me 15 teen minutes to recover. Let you know. Maybe pictures?

  12. PassingThru Says:

    Considering the severity of the injury, 90%+ sounds like on overly rosy assessment. Still, it is great news. Wirfs sounds like he might be a Go at the start of the season.

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    Rough crowd.

  14. GOB Says:

    SPARKY, you leave butters alone. I hope after your encounter you at least had the decency to wipe his mustache before you kissed him good night.

  15. SPARKY Says:

    GOB, I think it was a girl.

  16. GOB Says:

    BlahahHa, who can tell these days.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Every person heals differently even with the exact same injury…..it also depends on what you have to do with it…..it’s one thing to be an NFL offensive lineman vs TBBF walking his Cocker Spaniel, Moses, while smoking a cigar.

  18. mike Says:

    We had a ton of injuries and still made a run. You will never be able to convince otherwise…if Wirfs is healthy, we go to the super bowl.

  19. mike Says:

    was… i was talking about the rams game ^

  20. Brandon Says:

    BradyBucs Says:
    May 10th, 2022 at 7:54 pm
    An ankle injury not fully healed after 12+ weeks is NOT a good sign.


    Tell us, Doctor. What is your time table? Sprained ankles often take up to six months to recover fully and even then they can still be troublesome for years.

  21. geno711 Says:

    PFF just did their 2022 ratings of tackles.

    Wirfs number 3.
    Smith number 24.

  22. Trey Long Says:

    He’s getting state of the art rehab. 4 months til season. Reason to be optimistic. He’s an incredible athlete too.

  23. Trey Long Says:

    Stem cell and plasma therapy is amazing.

  24. Captain Oblivious Says:

    FWIW, I sprained my angle badly playing basketball when I was 17 and it took 5 months to get back to 100%. No treatment since my parents couldn’t afford to take me to a doctor. Based on that experience I’d expect Wirfs to be at 100% when the season starts.

  25. Reach87 Says:

    Capt obvious…hilarious. Go Bucs!