Bucs Professional Bowl middle Ryan Jensen is likely one of the hardest gamers on the group. The nine-year veteran has performed by means of some critical accidents throughout his 4 seasons in Tampa Bay and hasn’t missed a sport.
That’s why when Jensen needed to be carted off the sector close to the tip of Thursday’s observe you can hear a pin drop on the sector. It might be an damage that retains Jensen out of motion for weeks – or longer.
Left guard Aaron Stinnie blocked rookie defensive sort out Logan Corridor into Jensen’s left knee as he was engaged with nostril sort out Vita Vea.
“All I do know is that he went down proper now with a knee,” Bowles mentioned after observe. “We’ll see after we go inside going ahead, go from there.”
Ian Rapoport says he is spoken with a number of folks with information of the Ryan Jensen state of affairs and so they’ve mentioned they do not know for certain, however “it appears to be like actually unhealthy”.
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The group’s temper sank for the ultimate remaining moments as Jensen made his method to the coaching room. Second-year lineman Robert Hainsey stepped in at middle for the remainder of observe.
Bucs common supervisor Jason Licht addressed Jensen’s damage and the way somber the temper bought when it occurred.
“That often occurs when you will have a participant like Ryan who is clearly an excellent participant. But in addition only a nice individual and chief,” Licht mentioned. “It’s robust and it’s issues like that about him that outline him. When a participant like that will get damage, and he’s performed by means of a number of accidents in his profession with out lacking any time, it often deflates everyone. So we’ll wait to search out out what it’s and like I mentioned we’re hoping for the most effective.”
Harm Doesn’t Look Good, Severity Might Not Be Recognized For Days
Licht mentioned the group would doubtless have to attend a couple of days earlier than realizing the total extent of the damage.
“Proper now I really feel horrible for [Ryan] Jensen,” Licht mentioned. “Don’t have any replace on that, we gained’t for a while, we’ve exams, some exams it’s important to look ahead to a pair days earlier than you may get him to that time for swelling and issues like that to go down. So I don’t have any replace on that apart from that it was a knee damage and we’re hoping for the most effective however we’ll have updates on that later.”
How lengthy Jensen is out – and Hainsey is within the beginning lineup – stays to be seen. Shedding the group’s Professional Bowl middle could be an enormous blow, particularly as Tampa Bay appears to be like to include two new beginning guards.
“I don’t actually know what occurred – I didn’t see it,” Wirfs mentioned. “You recognize it sucks when a man goes down. You recognize Jensen is a tricky cookie. We are going to go in there and see him within the coach’s room after this. However I want him the most effective and we’ll see.”
Hainsey Takes Over At Heart – For Now
The Bucs have been happy with Hainsey’s improvement over the previous 12 months and a half, however he’s nonetheless a really inexperienced participant. Hainsey was the Bucs’ third-round choose in 2021. He made the transition from proper sort out to middle final 12 months and served as Jensen’s backup.
“We took Robert within the third spherical for a purpose as a result of we noticed lots of potential in him,” Licht mentioned. “We noticed potential in him as a middle first, doubtlessly enjoying guard, he performed sort out at Notre Dame as properly. We’ve favored the whole lot – the impression of Robert since we’ve drafted him, for the reason that offseason final 12 months. And we think about him. And we even have lots of religion in Nick Leverett enjoying middle as properly. So these two will get in there and compete in the meanwhile till we discover out extra about Jensen.”
Tampa Bay isn’t anticipated to pursue a free agent veteran like J.C. Tretter. The Bucs wish to see how Hainsey fares as the following man up first. The group likes how Hainsey has progressed behind the scenes and he’ll get his alternative within the meantime. Nicke Leverett will function the backup middle.
“Oh my God, Bob is so sensible,” Wirfs mentioned. “I believe he’s one in every of my greatest buds on the group. You we hang around fairly a bit. He was right here for half the low season after which he was in Arizona coaching with A.Q. Shipley. He has put in lots of work. He’s making an attempt to be the most effective that he will be. Child loves ball. I’m excited to see how he does – competitors for left guard as properly.”