Ryan Jensen Will Not Play This Season, Headed To Injured Reserve

August 26th, 2023

Bucs center Ryan Jensen.

The bad news JoeBucsFan.com reported earlier this week was made official tonight by general manager Jason Licht.

Ryan Jensen will not play in Week 1 and Jensen will not play this season.

“It was an emotional moment for me, for Todd [Bowles] for everyone involved,” Licht said on the Bucs-Ravens preseason game broadcast.

Licht added that Jensen will head to injured reserve but stay close to the team as a mentor to the offensive line.

The next man up is last year’s 17-game starting center Robert Hainsey. Licht said he’s been holding down the position “pretty well.”

62 Responses to “Ryan Jensen Will Not Play This Season, Headed To Injured Reserve”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    More and more reasons to not watch this season. Big blow.

  2. Red86 Says:

    Sigh… Get well soon our lovable maniac. You’re definitely going to be missed.

  3. 1#bucsfan Says:

    After watching him take what I think was every snap in the playoff game I totally thought he would play this season. I hope him well. Deff gunna miss him

  4. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Pain, sorrow, agony, if you will.

  5. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    Not unexpected but a huge blow. Hainsey is not close to Jensen. I said going into this season, if they clean the cap up and solidify the offensive and defensive line wit the younger guys, this will be a long term success. This could be a tough year, folks.

  6. ElioT Says:

    3 years, $39M

    One game.

    Bummer for all.

    Jensen is done.

  7. firethecannons Says:

    lol but he was told that he will never walk again if he had the surgery. Please do not feed us this sht.. ridiculous and predictable. Game over for Jensen.

  8. Hunter Says:

    Hate to see him go out like this but we love the guy. Not his fault. Feel horrible

  9. buccanstopit Says:

    He should have had surgery

  10. geno711 Says:

    Reported as likely by others way before Joebucsfan.

  11. firethecannons Says:

    fear of the knife has led to the end of jensen’s career

  12. Mike C Says:

    Real hero geno711, thanks…….smh

  13. Joe Says:

    fear of the knife has led to the end of jensen’s career

    Again. Jensen stated on the record this past spring if he had surgery his career would be over. That he would be left with a permanent limp and lose range of motion with his knee. Yes he could have had surgery. It would have meant goodbye to football for sure instead of maybe being able to return.

    With surgery, Jensen would have been left with life- and career-changing results.

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    Bucs just restructured his contract to get some cap space. It guaranteed his contract money this and next year. Something like 17 million. They had to have thought his knee was going to be good. This is such a shame in so many ways. Fans are going to hate in Logan Hall even more now.

  15. Louis Friend Says:

    Trying to come back for Tom Brady and the playoffs has possibly cost him the rest of his career. He’s a team player first and foremost, but letting him pass on surgery was a huge mistake by the team to the player. And now it’s hurting all of them.

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    Should have got the surgery instead of being a hippie and thinking good spirits would heal him.

    Oh well.

  17. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Good grief, surgery would have been the end. Like he and Joe have been saying. He’s not being a hippie.

  18. buccanstopit Says:

    Tucker is down

  19. geno711 Says:

    It is very honorable for you all to take Jensen at his word on his explanation that surgery would have left him with a permanent limp.

    Investigative journalists might not.

  20. ModHairKen Says:

    Thank you Angry Red for what you did for this team and this community. I wish you a healthy and happy next stage of life. You are a great man.

  21. FortMyersDave Says:

    Looks like years down the road the name Logan Hall will be listed as a big time early draft bust by Licht along with names like VH3, OJ Howard and Aguayo, etc… but also with an asterick which notes that his one impact play resulted in the end of Jensen’s career that helped bring the TB12 era in Tampa to a disappointing end……

  22. Joe Says:

    It is very honorable for you all to take Jensen at his word on his explanation that surgery would have left him with a permanent limp.

    Well, if you don’t believe him, then none of this makes sense.

    So Jensen doesn’t want to have surgery because… why? If he has surgery (if you are of the mind he’s lying) and he would then be able to play a few more years and pocket millions and millions of dollars, then it makes zero sense not to have surgery.

    What maniac *wants* to walk around with an effed up knee as well as pass up millions of dollars playing a sport he loves? That just doesn’t add up, sorry.

  23. firethecannons Says:

    why did we not act on this sooner and get a center in the draft or FA? wtf right? now 2 years will be gone down the tube.

  24. Joe Says:

    why did we not act on this sooner and get a center in the draft or FA? wtf right?

    Absolutely fair question.

  25. DBS Says:

    Thanks Dr geno for all your years of medical practice and surgical experience.

  26. Bobby M. Says:

    Next man up…….

  27. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Maybe the Bucs can find an AQ Shipley type. Hainsey is okay, Leverett is better at Guard.

  28. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Love the guy but we need to get rid of all this dead weight just pay them and move on. This team is going backwards players saw it coming and bolted and others want to be traded.

  29. Miller5252 Says:

    Can someone explain why if Jensen did have surgery his career would have been over? I thought he had a tear in on of his ligaments and guys play all the time after it gets fixed. Had arguably the best OL the year of the Super Bowl and now not a single thing the same. Worst run game in the NFL. Not only did they not get a better back, they also knew a heck of a lot more than anyone else about Jensen possibly not playing and did nothing to fix the giant hole he leaves. Sometimes the front office looks like superstars and then crap like this just blows me away. They talk about winning and not tanking but you have 1 guy who’s proven but he’s at a new spot. Just looks irresponsible from the Bucs

  30. BucU Says:

    3yr/ almost 40Mill contract and got absolutely nothing for it. Russell Gage 30Mill Same story.
    Horrible luck.

  31. LVMYBUCS Says:

    It really pisses me off to see us going backwards unlike other teams who work hard to get better each season. Sink the ship and start over including getting rid of this clown head coach.

  32. Duane Says:

    I saw him on the sideline and I thought two things- it was cool to see him on the sidelines, and he did not look like he was moving around without issue. It was a bad knee injury and many do not come back from them. Kinda hard to tell the big guy No when he shows up in the summer and wants to try it out. Take the extra time to get that knee right and take another shot at it next season.

  33. Miller5252 Says:

    One last thing…. Logan Hall had better become an all pro gold jacket son of a B! Ends the career of his own teammate who was the drive of that whole O line. Dude better have a huge year and a better career for the Bucs!

  34. mg Says:


  35. geno711 Says:


    I don’t know the answers.

    But I was the guy in April saying that Jensen won’t play this season because he did not have the surgery.

    I was the guy in April that said that Shaq Barrett would be playing.
    You were the guy in April saying Shaq Barretts career was likely over because guys with Achilles injuries do not come back at age 31.

    I then gave you 6 examples of guys with Achilles injuries coming back and having great years including defensive MVP. You mocked my examples. The archives show that.

    I ask you now, name one NFL player that did not have surgery on the ACL, MCL, PCL tear that has come back and played a game in the NFL. Just one.
    Even today.

    I never knew a definitive answer on Jensen or Shaq. But my projections on recovery of those guys were ridiculous degrees more correct than you were on these two players or JPP back when that was an issue.

    In my opinion, your biggest flaw on this site is you do not understand injuries.
    Just my opinion.

    The archives do not lie. Check them.

    If you want to debate more, let’s have at it.

  36. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Miller5252 Says:
    August 26th, 2023 at 9:51 pm
    One last thing…. Logan Hall had better become an all pro gold jacket son of a B! Ends the career of his own teammate who was the drive of that whole O line. Dude better have a huge year and a better career for the Bucs!
    Yeah, guys rarely get hurt in football. 🙄

  37. Scott Says:

    I wish we would have resigned someone else. Jensen was the one that would coax Brady back another season though and we see how that turned out. Bad move by licht.

  38. Stanglassman Says:

    Rod the doctors told him the ‘hippie’ stem cell therapy was his best chance to play football again. Cutting science is now hippy, who knew. Do you really think he just took a chance on something that meant so much to him? But you know more than all the professionals.

  39. adam from ny Says:

    so let me get this straight….

    nowadays everyone blows out knees and gets them fixed and comes back…sometimes even better…

    but big red can’t, and surgery will destroy his knee for life…???

    this story just keeps getting crazier

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Stanglassman – Ask me if I’m a doctor.

  41. adam from ny Says:

    i saw him in a presser a few weeks back and he said he’s good to go and ready to roll…


  42. DS Says:

    Not surprised glad he got a ring glad he got paid football is a demanding sport. The fans knew he was gunna play the front office had to know too… heard the front office forced him to play in the playoff game. Next man up

  43. DS Says:


  44. Rod Munch Says:

    I don’t actually have any issues with him trying what he thinks is best – but it’s not what I would have done based on the history of that injury.

    But no one is questioning his toughness. Well some people are, but I’m not that people.

    I just wish he had been able to get on the field so the Bucs could have flipped him for a pick before people realized he was done.

  45. D-Rok Says:


    Last year Jensen went down, and Licht did nothing…literally. I was scolded on this site for daring to say Licht should have done something. And now this year, same thing with Jensen, and has Licht REALLY done anything?

    I mean I like Licht, don’t get me wrong, but this O-Line lack of action is puzzling at best. And here we sit once again, on the precipice of the season, without proven talent (save for Wirfs) on the line. It’s all a big “Oh I hope it works out.”

    I’m puzzled.

  46. firethecannons Says:

    Thx joe, I feel frustrated, sorry not your fault of course, Jensen is obviously delicate it just seems like this position could of been addressed but it would be my guess that they are satisfied with Hainsey even though we are not. Liked the offense tonight, they were moving the ball and it was fun to watch for God’s sake. Best game of preseason for us. Not alot of mistakes and Trask is mobile and able to move pretty well which makes Jensen’s injury less concerning for us–bad for him. Trask is able to make plays outside the pocket quite well. He had a perfect touchdown throw dropped too. Anyway Hainsey gets another year.

  47. CleanHouse Says:

    Wow I may have gotten to see Jensen and Brady’s last career game. Two winners.

    Thanks for your hard work and memories.

    Fire Bowles yesterday or demote him.

  48. adam from ny Says:

    why didn’t he just go to dr. andrew and get the freakin’ surgery…

    andrews is the bestest of the bestosis

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bowles just said the decision on Jensen was made 2 days ago.

    Licht said during the broadcast that it was made 10 days ago.

    Bowles lied?

  50. SB~LV Says:

    Nice parting gift
    Year salary and a tryout as a offensive coach

  51. geno711 Says:

    Rod Munch Says:
    August 26th, 2023 at 10:14 pm
    I don’t actually have any issues with him trying what he thinks is best – but it’s not what I would have done based on the history of that injury.

    I agree Rod.

    But no one is questioning his toughness.

    I agree Rod.

  52. adam from ny Says:

    something has been off since day one of the jensen injury…

    remember it was like top secret undisclosed cia and fbi information for many months…

    and has somehow moved along to this new scenario…

    with no surgery…

    no dr. andrews…

    yet in between he went in and played a full playoff game with tommy b

  53. Bojim Says:

    Stranglassman thinks Jenson should’ve toughed it out because, as a scientist, doesn’t believe in hippie stem cell treatment. Im sure you have deduced that climate change is natural and all will be well. Get out of the stone age.

  54. Elita Vita Says:

    You ask why did Jensen avoid surgery….because it would have been exceedingly painful….who would opt for that? Not to mention the gruesome physical therapy for 6-8 months. Listen, I had wrecked my knee as a teenager. The doctor didn’t have the heart to operate on it and put me through all that. Almost one year to the day I took a misstep and re injured it. Same dr then told me will have to operate or you will continue to eventually fall and it would keep happening. Heal well Ryan but you still might need to have a surgery on it, one day. GO BUCS!

  55. TonySoprano Says:

    My suspicion is Jensen and the org knew surgery would guarantee the end of his season, as they explored any opportunity that would give him a fighting chance to play in the playoffs for Brady’s last run. Like he said, he got 5 different opinions- I’m sure multiple docs recommended the surgery but with the caveat he would not play last season.

  56. Dlavid Says:

    Bullspit …. The staff top down have known about this all along ! This year is starting out to be a real crap show!

  57. Joe Says:

    For those who believe Jensen is skating for some reason by not having surgery, Joe wishes folks could have been in the Bucs’ press conference room when Jensen spoke tonight.

    Joe thought for a second Jensen might cry. His voice was breaking and he was very clearly shook up. He said all he wants to do is play football.

    Just a sad scene, man,

  58. Stanglassman Says:

    Bojim I was quoting what Rod was saying. I was saying that Jensen was trying to do everything he believed was right to get back on the football field. That includes listening to his doctors advise not stupid Bucs fans that had no idea the situation.

  59. Stanglassman Says:

    Joe we knew they were wrong all along. Jensen told us that the stem cell therapy was his best chance to play football again. Now we know it was the lateral cartilage damage that holding him back and the stem cell therapy worked on the rest of his knee. They knew that was the major issue it seems all along. Surgery last year would have made no difference. At least no positive difference.

  60. optimisticbucsfan Says:

    Thank you Ryan. You did well. Good luck in your next chapter.


  61. Proudbucsfan Says:

    We all love Ryan Jensen, he IMO was the best center in the NFL. They said he was going to be on the sidelines this season. I really hope that he teaches Hainsey is nasty attitude, Cody Mauch seems to already have the toughness and attitude

  62. Buc4evr Says:

    Looks like the injury is now recognized as career ending, hope Jason is looking to pick up a true center at cut down.