Jason Licht: Still No “Full Prognosis” On Ryan Jensen

August 11th, 2022

“Don’t worry, Ryan. I’ve got a witch doctor in Costa Rica and an avocado-mango balm.”

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht issued an official Ryan Jensen report today.

Following practice against the Dolphins, Licht hopped on the WDAE Radio airwaves and was asked about the Bucs’ big question at center.

Yes, Licht said he loves what he’s seen from backup center Robert Hainsey, who’s been getting the load of work since Jensen blew out his knee 14 days ago. Licht also praised Nick Leverette for his work at center and guard.

(Joe was surprised Licht didn’t rattle off more names, a favorite pastime of GMs when asked about a position.)

But more important, Licht opened up about the status of Jensen.

He said it’s too early in the post-injury process to get a “full prognosis” for whatever happened to Jensen. Licht said the Bucs don’t plan to put Jensen on injured reserve until the regular season begins because, under NFL rules, that timetable would allow Jensen to return late in the year if here were healthy enough.

Licht didn’t tip his hand on whether he was leaning toward Jensen making it back in 2022. The GM was very matter of fact but it did sound like there was legitimate hope in his voice.

16 Responses to “Jason Licht: Still No “Full Prognosis” On Ryan Jensen”

  1. IrishTony Says:

    Oh wow that’s good news. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if he returned late in the season. Must be partially the reason they haven’t signed anyone

  2. PassingThru Says:

    I believe Leverette played LG with the first unit yesterday which was surprising to me.

  3. SB Says:

    Strange. Very strange. With the advancements in Medicine today you would think that they would know by now.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    Interesting…. So surgery is a wait and see?
    Have they said what classification the injury is?

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    If Jensen needed surgery – it likely would have already happened….

    Perhaps this was a very bad “sprain” – as opposed to a completely “torn” ligament. Its the same injury – just a matter of degree…

    The former likely means 3-4 months of rest and then rehab/strengthening.

    The latter likely means surgical repairs followed by 7-12 months of rest/rehab/strengthening

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This could be good

  7. steele Says:

    It is well past the “swelling must go down” stage. The diagnosis and prognosis is probably known. They just keeping silent about it. If surgery was required, it would have been happened already.

    Further suggests what we suspect. They are hoping he’s back Nov/Dec, and letting Hainsey and the in-houses hold down the fort somehow. It’s cost-effective, it’s a business as usual for any ordinary team that believes it has already invested enough for the longer term.

    So the question remains, do you accept these OL uncertainties in this final shot with TB12, in a season facing the top playoff defenses in the NFL?

    They’ve already struggled vs. the Dolphins, a good test. When is it necessary to make a move?

  8. Alvafan Says:

    He give the team a big boost mentally if he returns at crunch time. No surgery would be great news for him and the team.

  9. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    There is no doubt at this point the Bucs know what’s going on with Ryan. They just don’t want to let us know. I’m sure he’s had every diagnostic test in the world by now.

  10. tampabayallday Says:

    He’ll be back for the playoffs, vita had it worse.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Booger thinks Thanksgiving looks good for Jensen….

  12. Ausgust 1976 Buc Says:

    I have a prognosis, Jensen is not playing anytime soon.
    That’s all I need to know.
    Get well Ryan.

    GO BUCS!!!

  13. Ed Says:

    Good news based on the last time there was very little said about an injury to an important player: and Chris Godwin was recovered months before the general “guesstimate.”

    Guesstimate for Ryan Jensen coming back (based on previous reports, repeatedly using the phrase, or similar, “out at least two months.”): November 27th, the Browns-game (the week after the bye week).

  14. Ben Harvey Says:

    Could this be a small fracture or a hyperextension vs a fully torn ligament? I’m no doctor, but I would think it would be known if he tore something. Usually injuries to the knee are diagnosed fairly early. Either that and the Bucs are just buying time to evaluate the center position without tipping their hand.

  15. Jvato24 Says:

    Negotiating power with FAs is enhanced without confirmed word he is gone for year

  16. Chad Says:

    I saw a report that he will be having surgery, but the swelling was so bad they have to wait for the swelling to go down before they can do surgery.