Tom Brady Talks Ryan Jensen Return

December 27th, 2022

Hope continues to linger at One Buc Palace that Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen will play this season — in the playoffs.

Tom Brady himself even jumped in that pool yesterday.

Brady was asked about Jensen on his Let’s Go! show on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio.

Brady was asked point blank, “Is Jensen gonna come back if you make the playoffs?”

“I think that’s still to be determined,” Brady replied. “I know he’s been very vigilant with his rehab. I don’t know. I don’t think anyone knows right now. I know he’s a lot closer than (pause). I know he’s itching to get out there. I see him every day. I try to encourage him every day. That would be a big boost if that did happen.”

If the Bucs win Sunday, they could have a home playoff game in as soon as 18 days from today. Meanwhile, Jensen hasn’t practiced since late-July, when he blew out his knee in a training camp practice.

Brady says Jensen would be a “big boost.” Joe thinks that might be a stretch if Jensen take the field with that much rust on him.

25 Responses to “Tom Brady Talks Ryan Jensen Return”

  1. Steven007 Says:

    This might actually be the most needlessly mysterious injury in all of pro sports. I’m sure I’m using some recency bias there but still.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need healthy Tackles more than Jensen

    There is no way Wirfs should have played in Arizona…..we needed him healthy for the Panthers……

  3. Jack Clark Says:

    I would love to see Ryan Jensen back at 100%. I love his take no prisoners and show no mercy playing style. BUT he is an NFL lineman, they weigh more than everyone else and have to use their legs to move other people around who weigh over 300 pounds so I think he–like Triston Wirfs–are at a much higher risk for re-injuring their leg if it not fully healed because they are putting a lot more pressure on it than other position groups like Wide Receivers (e.g. Chris Godwin). I trust Tom Brady, so if he feels more comfortable playing with Jensen and Jensen can play then I think our chances of defeating the Cowboys in the playoffs increases.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jensen brings fire to the offensive line. That fire will spread if he is playing.

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    Start getting Hainsey reps at OT if there is a possibility of Jensen return.

  6. Go Bucs Says:

    Hey Joe this game this week is BA inauguration to the BUCS ring of honor is there a way to watch it live if you can’t make the game.

  7. D-Rok Says:

    It would be good news if Jensen returns in playing shape.

    Jensen this year has been the Case of the Missing Diagnosis. Why, Bucs? Because the injury happened before the Bucs were required to list an injury report? We’d still like to know diagnosis and prognosis!!!

  8. sasquatch Says:

    If Jensen’s knee is fully rehabbed, I doubt it would take much for him to shake off the rust. He’s a veteran. He wants to go out beat some people up.

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I pretty much have no doubt that all these “injured” players that have been out for some time…..that the majority of them will try to make themselves available in playoffs.

    I highly, highly, highly DOUBT that this team will even be I’m the playoffs cause they’re that awful.

  10. Redeemer Says:

    I think Brady meant diligent. IDK about Jensen. I’m with Jack. Is it really worth it for this bunch. Playoffs start in what, 3 weeks?. He’d be coming back with little to no practice time. I’m sure his conditioning would be an issue. For me , the risk outweighs any probable reward. Rest up big fella, see you next season.

  11. SlyPirate Says:

    I loved the story about Jensen staying part of the OL. This guy is a leader.

  12. IstillBELIEVE Says:

    The ONLY thing wrong with this team is the offensive line has been injured. If Jensen Wirfs and Donovan are back healthy and either Jensen or Hainsey are slotted to guard with Shaq also healthy, this team will resurrect their offense. Holes will develop for running game. Running game will lead to play action. More time for Brady to throw means more separation time and ability to get into their routes for WRs. Say what you want about Byron and Bowles but this offense still has talent. The problem has been without the line, there has been no running game, no time to throw, no time to get into routes. The defense has done its job. IF a big IF the line can somehow get those 5 out there in reasonably good shape, watch this offense FINALLY start to click.

  13. Bucs since 76 Says:

    Bowles is bad head coach but a pretty good DC. He will have a plan to stop the panthers running attack. This will make them a passing team I like our chances in the Panthers offense. Now Bowles use the offense we had in the first half of the Bengals game we should win

  14. BucU Says:

    This offense is so bad it’s comical at this point.
    They haven’t had a good game in 13 weeks. LOL.

  15. joe russo Says:

    I still believe is 100% on point. I have been saying it all year. I don’t care which team you are talking about, if the OL is not up to par the team will NOT be any good. Brady, Rogers, Manning, Elway, EVERY QB needs a good OL or they will not be productive. NFL is all about the passing game, we all realize this so without a good OL you are done. Not to mention, Tampa has been without most of their starting DBs, the second most important position behind the OL. Give me a decent QB with a great OL and good Defense and I will show you a SB contender. This is not speculation it is fact.

  16. Joe Says:

    I don’t care which team you are talking about, if the OL is not up to par the team will NOT be any good.

    This would be news to the Bengals.

  17. Rob Says:

    This team isn’t winning a super bowl. I wouldn’t allow Jensen to play. He needs to be ready for next season. Draft a LT and an explosive WR, or two, who can stretch the field.

  18. teacherman777 Says:

    We missed our chance on Eric Fisher. He has experience at LT and RT.

    We missed on Duane Brown. He has experience at LT and RT.

    We got rid of Donald Penn too early. We moved on from Dotson too early.

    We moved on from Jeremy Zuttah too early.

    We forced Benenoch to start bc of his 5th round draft status.

    We moved on from Logan Mankins 1 year too early.

    We drafted Hainsey, a tackle, to play center. SMH.

    We drafted a RT from a tiny school to START at LG as a rookie, during Tom Brady’s final year under contract. ( Goedeke)

    Donovan Smith was a great pick. (A left tackle in the 2nd round? Great pick)

    Marpet was a great pick. Cappa was a great pick.

    But that’s it.

    We ignored O-lineman for years. Now we are suffering.

    I’ve been calling for guards/centers in the 2nd round for years.

    Almost nobody drafts centers or guards in the 1st round, therefore some of the best guards and centers in the nation are available year after year in the 2nd round. Which means basically a guarantee to play or start.

    Instead, we drafted Goedeke, a RT, in the 2nd. And Hainsey, a RT to play center. Wtf.

  19. BucsFanSince76 Says:

    Sorry Joe-Football outsiders has Bengals Oline ranked 7th and Bucs at 29th.

  20. steele Says:

    Agree, Teacherman.

    Brady’s statement is the first solid piece of evidence (of what the hell is going on) since week 1 “too much swelling to diagnose”. This coverup is one of too many examples of bizarre leadership and Bowles’ non-coaching.

    Jensen back at 100% immediately changes the attitude of the OL, and eases the discomfort Brady has behind the current makeshift OL. Brady gets back one of the few of his true guys. But it’s too late. Jensen would be rusty, and there still aren’t enough good and healthy guys to be anything worth confidence.

    I also don’t see any letup in the “Hainsey is the man” narrative. Does OneBuc even want Jensen to come back?

  21. LakelandSteve Says:

    We are not going to have to worry about it. If the Bucs somehow beat the Panthers and we make the playoffs the return of Jensen is not going to make such a difference that we would go to and win the Super Bowl.

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    You mean Jensen will start Sunday?

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    D-Rok Says
    “Jensen this year has been the Case of the Missing Diagnosis.”

    I honestly do not see why not knowing is a big deal. He’s out until he returns. Knowing won’t change that at all.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    No. He might be practicing before the playoffs, but won’t play unless we get in.

  25. brooks Says:

    Don’t ruin your career