Knee Swelling A Factor In Ryan Jensen Absence

August 20th, 2023

The whole truth and nothing but the truth is not something that typically is delivered by a football team to its fans.

You fans don’t deserve the truth! Just pay your money and support the sponsors, and quit moaning!

Bucs fans don’t have the whole truth on Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen’s knee situation. They didn’t have it last year, either, until Jensen opened up.

As Joe reported, Jensen skipped the 4 1/2-day trip to New Jersey last week for practices against the Jets and last night’s preseason game.

Today, Todd Bowles said a reason Jensen stayed home was the team didn’t want Jensen’s knee swelling up on the roughly 2 1/2-hour trip to New Jersey. (Keep in mind the Bucs have a charter flight with massive amounts of leg room for big people).

The Bucs will travel to Minnesota for Week 1 of the regular season in 20 short days.

38 Responses to “Knee Swelling A Factor In Ryan Jensen Absence”

  1. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    oh boy

  2. Irishmist Says:

    It’s a good thing that Trask looks competent. We’re going to need that high draft pick for a center.

  3. Dave Pear Says:

    Bucs better hope Licht can find some competent OL guys off of the cut lists of other teams. Leverett got totally abused, Goedeke is who we think he is, and Hainsey couldn’t push a dead mouse out of the way in the running game. Also, looked like the Jets had a jailbreak on every pass. Trask had to imitate Brady’s 2 second release off of his back foot to have a chance, and we all saw what happened to poor Wolford.

    Worrying about depth is suddenly secondary to worrying about the lack of competent starters. Yikes.

  4. Doughboy Says:

    Can’t understand why Bucs didn’t draft a center!

  5. Jeff Says:

    He’s still injured. He never plays again. Mark the tape.

  6. Beej Says:

    Hainsey is a competent/good pass blocker, I’m afraid he’ll never be a good run blocker

  7. Hodad Says:

    The O line looked fine, they’re coming along. Goedeke, and Mauch had solid nights. Bucs will need a center. They do have a UDFA Murray who got some action in the 4th quarter. Draft a good one next year, and we’ll see if Hainsey, Leverette can get it done this year. Run game has been bad, BUT, on 4th, and one finally for a change we rip off a 28 yard run. That was nice to see. Tucker also gained 3 yards, on 4th, and one, two big conversions. The line is coming along, it’s the 2nd preseason game, and we haven’t seen Feiler, or Wirfs. Fans are expecting to much, to soon.

  8. Canabuc Says:

    I feel with Wirfs and Feiler on the field and Mauch progressing, we just need competent from Hainsey and Goedeke.
    Fact is we ran play action and RPO last night and when done right it did open holes in run game.

    But yes as we approach cut down days I would definitely look to see if an upgrade at center might get cut.

  9. Voice of Truth Says:

    Hainsey sitting tells us everything- he is the starter – Jensen is done for the foreseeable future

    We are a pop gun offense with Puker Mayfield anyway – no fear of his deep game from anyone

    Expect a bunch of throws in the dirt and scrambles as defenses just squat on all our short routes with Mike and Chris and tee off on the shallow crossers and boots – you can’t run it 20 times a game…

    Preseason also hides the real scheming by the other teams and everyone knows we can’t pass protect, can’t run block, and both our starting wR are not speed guys

    5 wins max

  10. Dave Pear Says:

    The word “competent” doesn’t really fit in a sentence that includes Hainsey’s and Goedeke’s names. Unless preceded by the letters “in.”

  11. Scott Says:

    Draft o line high next year and let Mayfield walk if we have a middle pick that won’t land a qb and roll with Trask until the line is rebuilt

  12. Kgh4life Says:

    If they’re worried about Jensen’s knee swelling up, it could be a clear indication he’s not healthy to play any time soon, if he ever suits for the Bucs again.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    There is nothing to worry about. Half the starters were off and Jensen does not need the practice. One game in and he’ll be rockin’

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Also, Barber said during the broadcast last night that Mauch has experience at center? He could end up being a Jensen clone.

    Jensen did not start out a beast.

  15. ScottyMack Says:

    As was mentioned in Joe’s post on July 3rd, “Excellent Offensive Line Depth”, Hainsey started all 17 regular season games last year and graded out as the 13th best Center in the league. While he’s no Jensen, the Bucs could certainly do worse at the position. Anyone suggesting the Bucs could have found a better Center in the draft in the Bucs’ draft position or thinking that they will find a better one off waivers cannot possibly understand how difficult it is to find a top-notch Center. The fact is, if the Bucs weren’t seriously worried about Jensen’s status, Hainsey would have been excellent trade bait – a slew of NFL teams would have been interested in him as their starter!

  16. Bojim Says:

    Should had surgery. But it’s his knee. However, whatever it takes to earn your contract.

  17. J Ghotier Says:

    So unless they plan on flying Jensen out a week earlier than the team to Minny for swelling purposes (which doesn’t even make much sense to do and in preparation), then I don’t think he’s gonna suit up week 1.

    Now we start talking about possible PUP or designated IR return. I don’t even know anymore with this all, but it sure doesn’t smell good whatsoever.

    I’ve been confused why they handled the injury as an enigma to begin with and “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. They didn’t do that w/ other knee injuries in past. Now I’m confused why they decided to take the recovery/rehab the way they did instead of surgery….seeing how it’s playing out now a year plus later 🤯

    Truly flabbergasting and not getting a good vibe. I’d sure love to be wrong here tho!

  18. FortMyersDave Says:

    This all goes back to Logan Hall blowing up Jensen’s knee. In a nutshell that was the match that lit the fuse to the total meltdown of the Buc O last year. If Jensen was not injured, the line would have been much better and perhaps the Bucs would have finished above 0.500 though the tandem of Bowles/Leftwich still likely meant an early exit from the playoffs. Joe mentioned that seems a lot like the Carl Nicks situation as it has a similar vibe; no one is talking a whole lot at One Buc. Hope I am wrong but this is giving off a really bad vibe as that young O-line certainly could use Jensen’s leadership.

  19. a-bomb Says:

    You can’t judge anything about O-line play until you see the five starters play together.

  20. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Why are you negative Nancys even on this site? Oh, that’s right. Trolling.

  21. westernbuc Says:

    I wonder if elevation in the air would cause swelling

  22. Show Me the TDs Says:

    @Joe. Do you think there is a reason fans are kept in the dark concerning injuries? Maybe the Bucs organization hates its fan base? Ridiculous! It’s obviously to keep other teams guessing and to give the Bucs a competitive advantage.
    *News flash – Legroom has zero to do with swelling on a flight. It’s the altitude. I thought everyone knew that.

  23. CleanHouse Says:

    love Jensen- an all time fav Buc- but why anyone thought tearing your knee in three places and not getting surgery from the top doctors money can buy was a good idea, I’m speechless.

    Seems rather dumb

  24. Infomeplease Says:

    CleanHouse, my understanding is that Jensen, instead of getting surgery, chose to use a revolutionary process using “stem cells” to repair the damage. This was considered by him to be his best option for ever playing pro ball again. This process is very new and just may require more time to be effective. Or then again, may not work. Time will tell.

  25. Mike Johnson Says:

    Jensen is done. Stick a fork in’em. He will play sporadically during the season. In and Out. But its time. He is just hangin round for the paycheck doing a classic Sweeny. Remember him?

  26. Joe Says:

    @Joe. Do you think there is a reason fans are kept in the dark concerning injuries?

    Football people are the most paranoid element of society. Stalin had spies in Eisenhower’s headquarters yet somehow the Allies still liberated half of Europe.

    Football people consider info leaked about an ingrown toenail will cost them three games. It is amazing how deathly paranoid football people are.

    So that’s what you’re dealing with. If the NFK doesn’t require coaches to give out injury information in the preseason (which they don’t) coaches won’t give it up.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe Says:
    August 20th, 2023 at 12:58 pm
    @Joe. Do you think there is a reason fans are kept in the dark concerning injuries?

    Football people are the most paranoid element of society.


    Actually, I’d say hockey people are first, then football people next.

    I do understand and would have no issues with the Bucs not announcing a starting QB at all, and just let the Vikings find out who the starter is based on who gets the first snap in the game. Make the Vikings have to prepare for two guys, even if they think it’s 90% likely Mayfield is the starter, they’d still have to waste some time on Trask.

    But the Vikings aren’t changing their game plan based on who is playing center. So keep people in the dark doesn’t do anything for anyone other than the morons on the coaching staff who think keeping back knowledge makes them more powerful.

  28. BucU Says:

    I’ll believe that Ryan will play again when I see him on the field. I don’t see him coming back period.

  29. Duane Says:

    Shut him down if he isnt right. Knee swelling does not get better over a 17 game season playing the way he does. If he is able to go, he would have. We dont know what he will look like when his injury resolves, but we do know he isnt there. Tough break, but its the same problem we had last year at this time. I still think Hainsey gets blown up too much to be Jensen’s replacement at center.

  30. Elita Vita Says:

    I hope he’ll be able to avoid this surgery however even a future “misstep” might leave him no choice. Personal experience unfortunately in the matter leads me to this conclusion.

  31. MelvinJunior Says:

    I wanted Linderbaum and was hoping to trade-up and get him but Baltimore did instead, so that one has really haunted me… And, SHOULD really haunt Licht.

  32. Jon Says:

    Why did we think he would play football again when the knee was never repaired?

  33. Buccos Says:

    If Hainsey was able to pay against Dallas last year then I’m fairly confident that he will be ok this year. Why would he play against the Jets when all of the starters rested?

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  35. adam from ny Says:

    oh boy…the jensen saga continues

  36. Joe Says:

    love Jensen- an all time fav Buc- but why anyone thought tearing your knee in three places and not getting surgery from the top doctors money can buy was a good idea, I’m speechless.

    You were good with Jensen ending his career?

    Jensen said — very publicly — he was told by doctors if he had surgery his career was done, that he’d have a permanent limp and his movement in his leg would be restricted.

    That’s why he didn’t and hasn’t had surgery.

  37. garro Says:

    “You fans don’t deserve the truth! Just pay your money and support the sponsors, and quit moaning!”

    Unfortunately that is a fact.

    Go Bucs!

  38. garro Says:

    300 plus with a swelling knee is not gonna work. IR after cuts for Jensen I think. Late season appearance maybe, if we are not stinking out loud and have a chance for a playoff run.

    Go Bucs!