“We Expect To Go Without Him”

November 23rd, 2022

Head coach Todd Bowles keeps telling media — again today — that he’s not getting a definitive internal medical update on center Ryan Jensen’s blown knee.

Joe doesn’t buy it, but regardless, Jensen hasn’t practiced since the late-July disaster.

Joe asked Bowles today about Jensen’s potential return this season and Bowles threw a bunch of cold water on it.

“We expect to go without him,” Bowles said.

So there you go. It’s Robert Hainsey or bust … for now.

26 Responses to ““We Expect To Go Without Him””

  1. Biff Barker Says:

    I don’t think there are many crushed hopes at this point.

  2. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Happened in July and still “no definitive internal medical update”.
    Godwins knee goes down and we know definitively in a coupe of days. Stinnies knee goes and definityive update in 18hours.
    Jones knee goes after season starts and its a definitive be back in 4 weeks or so.
    If Doc couldn’t give me a straight answer would seek another opinion. Just me
    Jensen a favorite player and now, Man of Mystery. Nice ring to it.

  3. tampabuscsbro Says:

    At least Hainsey has played well.

  4. Redeemer Says:

    Well that sucks. He’s still taking up a roster spot. I think that’s the only reason so many of us were holding out hope. I suppose it could be a Vea situation, if the bucs can make a deep run.

  5. Redeemer Says:

    Well that sucks. He’s still taking up a roster spot. I think that’s why so many of us were holding out hope. I suppose it could be a Vea situation. If the bucs can make a deep run.

  6. NEfan Says:

    Good old optimistic Todd.

  7. Beej Says:

    He said they aren’t planning on him being available, it doesn’t mean he won’t be

  8. Joe Says:

    Well that sucks. He’s still taking up a roster spot.

    Jensen is on injured reserve list. So he’s not taking up an active roster spot.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    I was really hoping that Jensen would make it back for a December run, then into the playoffs. Oh well, I was also hoping to win that billion dollar lottery prize. Batting 0-for-2 now.

  10. captivajim Says:

    real shame — but not a surprise

  11. SufferingSince76 Says:

    If he isn’t returning this season, why the continued secrecy on his official diagnosis and prognosis? It makes no sense that there’s been any secrecy at all.

  12. Brazen Zebra Says:

    No definitive internal medical update on Jensen’s knee? Sounds like a curséd knee to me. Or, maybe an AB curséd knee? Ugh!

  13. Matt Says:

    I get the feeling Jensen have played his last down with the Bucs. Hainsey has done ok and with the cap issues next year. I just don’t see him being back especially if Brady isn’t back.

  14. ChiBuc Says:

    Dead money walking… err, hobbling

  15. Redeemer Says:

    Joe, didn’t they designate him for return though? I’m confuzzled.

  16. Redeemer Says:

    I know he’s not taking up an active spot, but he’s still on the 53, no?

  17. steele Says:

    Exactly what in the h is going on with this conspiracy of silence, and why? How is it that there has been no news whatsoever since “too much swelling to diagnose”?

    He is on IR but on the 53, which suggests a return, but whatever the case, why the complete silence from the entire organization and Jensen himself?

    What is going on? Some agreement that Jensen will never suit up as a Buc again, ahead of the next offseason?

    Hainsey is not Jensen, and may never be. Please stop it with the “he’s better” garbage. The golden boy of the organization who can do no wrong, despite proving nothing except that he is a work in progress, is far softer and is not the tone setter and enforcer that this offense badly needs.

    We cannot forget that the problems on the OL, like so many other issues with this team, remain unaddressed, except for in-house shuffling of JAGs, patched over with positive “reports” from inside, even when failing, and “greatness” noise after decent games here and there (Leverett).

  18. Marc Coppola Says:

    Just a few more days until they know what’s going on, Joe.

    I heard they are just waiting fir the swelling to go down a bit.

  19. Will Says:

    @steele please pull up what Jensen did his first several years in the league. Better yet, look at his overall career PFF. By no means are they definitive but are the only grading out there. Jensen has a career score only slightly better than Hainsey has in his first year playing center. Know facts.

  20. Hodad Says:

    Has the swelling gone down yet? We would all know when to expect him back if we all knew what the hell the injury was. Don’t know why the Bucs won’t disclose his injury to the public.

  21. tampabayallday Says:

    Heard guy saw him at the Tampa airport and asked him the same question, he said he’d be back sooner than later .

  22. PassingThru Says:

    It’s Robert Hainsey or bust

    Not mutually exclusive choices.

  23. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hainsey has played well, and the line has started playing as a unit.
    There is hope.

  24. brooks Says:

    He wont be back

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I won’t say Hainsey will never be better than Jensen, but he isn’t there yet. Jensen is better.

    Our oline needs some smart nasty. Jensen brought that.

  26. Ed McSherry Says:

    Bowles is characteristically extra careful with questions about injuries. Chris Godwin’s early return was a big surprise because there were zero medical-report-updates, for example.

    Gage has had some mystery injury or other since the day he signed, and only recently vague references to a hamstring.

    Can’t count the times there has been a game day, on field injury and a reporter will ask Bowles about it, and it seems that every time, the response is (paraphrase): “I’ll have to check when I get in there (meaning, in the locker room after the game).” And that’s the end of it.

    Well, no one’s expecting instant, on-the-spot, expert medical analysis from a head coach, but with all the paid trainers on hand, etc., a little more info than essentially, “no comment,” would be helpful.

    It seems doubtful that we know any more now about Jensen’s prospects for a return than we knew yesterday at ths time, or two months ago for that matter.

    There can be a big difference between not knowing the answer, and just a general reluctance to ever give a straight answer to anything.