Postseason-Only Hope For Ryan Jensen Return

December 22nd, 2022

With three games remaining, it’s a very safe bet that Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen’s only shot at returning to the field this season is in a Buccaneers playoff game.

Even if Jensen is cleared to practice/play sooner on his healing knee, would the Bucs be crazy enough to put him on the artificial turn in Atlanta’s dome during the season finale?

Regardless, Jensen’s position coach Harold Goodwin (he coaches the interior offensive linemen and coordinates the run game), painted a picture this week of Jensen only coming back for the postseason.

“Hopefully at some point we, maybe if the season goes the way we want it, we get him back. Maybe not,” Goodwin told the Buccaneers Radio Network.

To quote Goodwin, “if the season goes the way we want it,” — that can only mean reaching the playoffs. Joe can only guess which round.

Goodwin lamented what huge loss it was when Jensen went down in July during a training camp practice. He said the curse words were flowing and a little time was needed to dig out of the depression.

“But it was a huge letdown for me just because I know how much he put into it, how much he wanted to come back here and compete for another Super Bowl.”

Joe has seen Jensen at One Buc Palace and at games, and in street clothes snapping the ball to Tom Brady.

Joe puts nothing past Jensen, who is a true tough guy. He’s the kind of dude who would take an injection and get on the field if doctors gave him a green light. David Bakhtiari, the Packers star left tackle, made a somewhat surprising and successful return early this season from a major knee injury, so that gave Joe a little extra hope. He and Jensen are both 31 years old.

28 Responses to “Postseason-Only Hope For Ryan Jensen Return”

  1. NEfan Says:

    Goodwin should be tarred & feathered before the fire him. Might as well throw Armstrong in the mix to.

  2. D-Rok Says:

    Jensen possibly returning, chatter about Gronk – more false hopes than reality!

    We are who our record says we are, and there are no saviors in sight.

    Just win a few more games, please Bucs!

    Oh, and at least play competitively with fire and spirit should you lose the next 3 games and watch the post-season whilst honing your skills in your Underwater Basket-Weaving class.

  3. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’ve been saying that all along. If he can make it back for the post season we could stand a chance in the playoffs.

  4. pewter941 Says:

    Is he even in football shape? If he does return, we could put Hainsey at left guard.

  5. Captain Oblivious Says:

    Why is it that I see the Buc’s coaches lips moving but they never say anything?

  6. Simeon97 Says:

    Jensen can’t overcome the terrible coaching decisions.

  7. fred Says:

    I saw Brady taking snaps from Ryan on Sunday good sign he’ll be back for the Playoffs

  8. Duane Says:

    It would be a huge ask to expect him to come back and be able to go, but anything is possible. He isnt likely a big fan of this notion, but I think he would be a huge upgrade at LG. We do miss his attitude.

  9. Bucamania Says:

    And why exactly don’t we know what his injury is?

  10. SPARKY Says:

    In 1972 I tore the cartilage in my left knee. Here’s the time frame from surgery to complete recovery in my case. 7 weeks in a cast. 4 weeks building muscle up to the point of being able to practice full speed. 3 weeks to being able to play sports again. 2 weeks to going full bore. 16 weeks total. Sound familiar? Did Jensen have a secret surgery?

  11. Anthony Says:

    Not worth the risk. Maybe super bowl but that’s not a reality

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    AB has been cleared by the authorities….how about an article on him?…..why not,,,,,,

  13. Goatfarmer Says:

    Bucs and playoffs in the same sentence is like the Sea Hag and beauty queen in the same sentence.

  14. ocala Says:

    Super Bowl is crazy talk. These coaches make Joe Biden look competent.

  15. DBS Says:

    Still don’t think you will see him in a Bucs uniform again. More to that knee injury than we know or maybe will.

  16. HUNT'N DOG G Says:

    Can we get an AMEN for the Goatfarmer!
    Its over when its over. However until then Bucs still on CENTER STAGE grazing on GREEN GRASS!!

  17. Goatfarmer Says:

    I thought I just read that Bowels incurred a torn cerebral tendon in 2016 that was just now diagnosed. The only cure is an induced coma for 18 months minimum, whereby a feeding tube and a ventilator would be deployed to maintain his current level of coiching.

  18. D-Rok Says:

    Yep, Jensen’s injury is still so mysterious. As I commented previously, if an investigator was looking to solve this case, it would be entitled: The Case of the Missing Diagnosis.

  19. Trask To The Future Says:



    This team won’t make the playoffs. Wait and see.

  20. Allbuccedup Says:

    Its a shame Jensen or Hainsey can’t play left tackle.

  21. Eric b Says:

    We can win if we play like we did in 1st half against Cincinnati..we had creativity and playaction!!!! GET YOUR HEADS OUT YOUR ASSESS LFGO

  22. brooks Says:

    Eric your lost.
    Hopefully we dont make postseason only to get crushed and waste tickets being printed

  23. steele Says:

    Logan Hall’s most impactful play was taking out Stinnie and Jensen, essentially destroying the season.

    Even if Jensen wanted to come back, what shape is he in? He would also be walking into a mess. Bowles and Left negate any hopes for improvement. LG is still a problem, Wirfs is hurt, D is washed, Shaq is undersized and nothing special.

  24. Joe Says:

    taking out Stinnie

    Stinnie got hurt in a preseason game. Logan Hall wasn’t even on the field.

  25. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    IF Jensen returns for playoffs, it is literally a game changer. Just watch.

  26. Goatfarmer Says:

    Everyone has to watch a train wreck in progress.

  27. Barbara Roopenian Says:

    Let Tom run the offense. Put a muzzle on Bowles.

  28. Carlos Chambers Says:

    The same Tom that caused the Bengals loss, has been more inaccurate than ever before in his career and has secret meetings with the receivers before games which possibly led to poor execution on the field