The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brace for some brutal news as training camp begins.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday morning, sources said, as the team awaits the final word, the fear is that Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen has suffered a knee injury late in the game. of the season.
Jensen was carried off the training ground on Thursday after becoming tangled during a practice rehearsal. The Pro Bowler threw off his helmet as he lay on the turf, indicating the severity of the injury.
If he did finish the season, it’s a blow to Tom Brady and the Bucs. Jensen signed a three-year, $39 million deal in March to return as Brady’s center, hoping to solidify an interior offensive line that lost both guards last season.
Now the Bucs are close to breaking three new inside blockers. Robert Hainsey, drafted in the third round last year, is the top inside candidate to replace Jensen at center.
Tampa could also be looking to add a veteran, with free agent options including JC Tretter, Matt Paradis and Billy Price, among others.
Losing Jensen and the toughness he brings to the inside all season is a tough way for the Bucs to start their quest to get back to the Super Bowl. But we’ve seen Brady win with inexperienced centers in the past.