Ryan Jensen Back At Practice; Russell Gage Leaves With An Injury

August 10th, 2022

Thirteen days after blowing out his left knee on the practice field, Pro Bowl center and Buccaneers fan favorite Ryan Jensen was back on the field this morning, albeit in a knee brace.

It was great to see Jensen smile, even if he won’t be playing this season, which is yet to be determined. Jensen spent much of the early part of the session on a golf cart near the field-side player entrance to One Buc Palace.

The Bucs are hosting the first of two controlled scrimmages today against the Miami Dolphins.

The bad news is free agent receiver Russell Gage and his $10 million per year salary walked off the field injured about 25 minutes into practice. It appears to be a foot/lower body issue.

43 Responses to “Ryan Jensen Back At Practice; Russell Gage Leaves With An Injury”

  1. mark2001 Says:

    We call that being an inspirational leader.

  2. Netwalker Says:

    Quite interesting that he’s not using a crutch. A good sign.

  3. IrishTony Says:

    I have a feeling he’s going to play at some point this season.

  4. Hodad Says:

    Shouldn’t they know the extent of the injury by now? Hard to believe with today’s meds the swelling hasn’t gone down enough to do an MRI.

  5. mark2001 Says:

    Hodad… I think it is a timing thing and league rules. If they go on some injury designation before the season begins, they are lost for the year. If they go on later, they can come back before the end of the year. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  6. Mike Says:

    Looking like it’s not as bad as first thought perhaps?

  7. Beeej Says:

    Mebbe his ACL is only SLIGHTLY torn?

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    I love that dude. Just love him. If there is any connective tissue remaining in that knee, Jensen can will it to heal back together and still play this season. If anyone can do it, Jensen can.

    Meanwhile, Tretter in 2 weeks.

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Pays to listen to the Joes podcasts. They answer many of your questions.

  10. Hodad Says:

    GF, you Tretters agent? If they were going to bring him in would’ve happened by now. Same with Suh #8. No teams seem to be interested in either, should tell ya something.

  11. Lordy Says:

    I’m not really concerned with the hamstring injuries right now, better this happens now then a month from now is what I say.

  12. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Yeah looked like a hammy on Gage.

  13. PassingThru Says:

    Russell Gage injured his leg during practice. Hopefully it’s minor.

  14. Richard Dickson Says:

    He was grabbing at the back of his thigh when he walked off, not sure how you got it was a foot/ankle thing.

  15. gbobucsfan Says:

    Jensen is a tough SoB. He’ll be back as quickly as he can.

  16. Lordy Says:

    Yeah it was a hamstring for Gage thankfully we have the Hamstring guru on the squad, Guerrero.

  17. EEK Says:

    he looks humongous in that picture — geez

  18. mark2001 Says:

    Thankfully for a hamstring? Never heard that before.

  19. BucsfanFred Says:

    Nobody ever verified that it’s an acl with Jenson.
    Him walking around on it doesn’t really mean he won’t need surgery eventually, but I’ll take it as a promising sign.

  20. NeverGIVEup Says:

    Looks like a compression brace on that knee. Normally those are used for sprains. If it was torn, or if was structurally damaged, no way in hell would he be walking around on it a couple weeks later.

    Just saying, this is the most sexy sight in all of football! RJ is gonna be back SOONer than you think.

  21. Bird Says:

    Gage did it in one on ones too

    Maybe our training staff could focus an extra 5 minutes of stretching on hamstrings before practice and games. I mean we have the all hammy team each year

  22. Maniac Buc Says:

    Even a partially torn ACL would have him done for the year. The hope would be that it’s just a MCL or a meniscus.

  23. geno711 Says:

    NeverGIVEup Says:
    August 10th, 2022 at 11:38 am
    Looks like a compression brace on that knee. Normally those are used for sprains. If it was torn, or if was structurally damaged, no way in hell would he be walking around on it a couple weeks later.

    I am asking you NeverGIVEup and others because I read this from the internet:

    An ACL knee brace is a high level support brace used following ACL tears and ruptures.

    They may be used instead of surgery, whilst awaiting surgery, or once recovering from surgery.

    ACL braces are a great way to provide extra stability to the knee, give it time to heal and prevent further injury.

  24. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Jensen also has a pair of shorts on that say therapy on them. Maybe an Easter egg. You don’t do therapy with a torn acl. Things that make you say hmmm.

  25. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hodad — affordability. Price drops if demand is soft. Market forces, not rocket science. I’d say he needs a new agent, though — if dude wants to play, dude’s price is too high. A chance to snap the ball for Tom Brady — I’m surprised Tretter hasn’t just called Licht personally and said he’ll work for a fair number the Bucs can afford.

    Maybe Brady has waived it off, doesnt want him. That is also a possibility.

  26. Bird Says:

    Yah. If full tear / structurally unsound. Not sure they would let him walk around on it. Nfl teams are worth billions. He would be in some scooter or crutches at least if major knee injury. And major surgery pending? Its not like he is an average joe. They would give him an arians golf cart 😂

  27. Buczilla Says:

    Gage is strarting to worry me and we already have more than enough injury prone receivers.

  28. NeverGIVEup Says:

    Just basing my opinion on the type of brace on his knee in that pic.

    Just an educated guess. If it he messed it up so bad that he had or is going to have surgery, you would see an exoskeleton type brace.

    Just being optimistic based on what I can see. For all we know, he already had surgery or is about to.

    I just don’t think he would be out there if either of those possibilities are true. To me, the only way he gets floppy hat duty is if he is on the mend and will be back sooner rather than later.

    So perhaps your right geno. I honestly dont know, just like the rest of us.

  29. NeverGIVEup Says:

    No to mention. Marshel arts techniques train your ligaments to stretch to the extreme so to avoid tears and serious injury in the event you get worked over in a battle.

    So he has that going for him too. I really do believe that if anyone could sustain a wicked awkward twist of the knee, it would be RJ.

    Honestly, IDC because at this point he is just a dude on the side lines. I would be more concerned if he was trying to play through it. ie Wirfs in the playoffs.

  30. teacherman777 Says:

    Jensen signed a 3 year deal.

    May Jah bless his recovery.

    Jensen + Brady = Celtic Royalty

  31. Elita Vita Says:

    Hainsey just went down????

  32. SB~LV Says:

    What is the Dx on Jensen?
    Good to see him with a smile on his face


    THAT GUY is one of my favorite BUCS of ALL TIME.
    Love the hell out of #66.
    He just wants to be there supporting his guys, and helping the younger ones.

  34. Robert A Webb Says:

    I can’t understand this ,as a former Marine who used to do dozens of pull-ups everyday hundreds of push-ups, and hundreds of sit-ups everyday and a variety of exercises everyday, and get the ass kicked out of us day, everyday in and out, run 3 miles before breakfast salute the flag at 0800 and do another mile or two before lunch and every time we turn around these Bucs guys are getting hurt, suggestion start getting down and start doing push-ups pull-ups and all the above instead of just going into a weight room so your muscles all look like you’re a tough guy on steroids, Tom’s using bands, stretching most strongest people I know around are people that get all their strength from hard work, not lifting weights, it makes all the muscles like peanut brittle. Think about it with all US Marines would be in sick Bay.

  35. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hate to see Gage out but at least that is one position group where we are super deep.

    Is there something about the Bucs practice turf that loves to pull hammies?

  36. tampabayallday Says:

    He’ll be back for the playoffs

  37. firethecannons Says:

    do we yet even know what is the injury specific?

  38. Joe Says:

    do we yet even know what is the injury specific?

    No. If that info was released, you can be sure Joe will have it.

  39. Richard Dickson Says:

    Heard on NFL Network that they typically can’t schedule surgery until the swelling has gone down, so that may explain the brace. Doesn’t explain why/how he’s walking on it.

  40. AbucAway Says:

    I see this as a good sign for Jensen. I just can’t imagine a reality in which he would be allowed to walk, with his weight, on a torn ACL. there is hope for his return this season.

  41. Bucsfanfrom76 Says:

    For Jensen…even if its the badass Jensen..THERE IS NO WAY IN GODS GREEN EARTH THAT ANYONE ONE ON THE BUCS STAFF, MANAGEMENT, OWNERSHIP OR MOST PARTICULARLY TOM BRADY would let Jensen walk around One buc place without crutches or anything more, if this was season ending…..Huge good news!!

    For Gage…. WTH… didn’t they just hire someone to help prevent Hammi Injuries. That person better get their ass in gear and put a stop to this, PRONTO!!!!

  42. Pt Says:

    Could go either way. It’s heavily taped with another brace around the knee to hold ligaments and tendons in place. Might be just a place holder until he has surgery.

  43. Arn platz Says:

    From the looks of the brace, not using a cane, full body weight being used, more like a sprain or bruising . He will be back this season