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Bucs’ Pro Bowl Center Ryan Jensen Carted Off with Knee Injury at Training Camp

Ryan Jensen (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen
was carted off the field during Thursday’s training-camp practice
because of a knee injury.

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles said the
severity of the injury wasn’t immediately known.

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Bucs center Ryan Jensen just went down. A golf cart came out to get him and all teammates huddled around him. He’s heading to the training room.

Jensen joined Tampa Bay in 2018 after
starting his NFL career as a member of the Baltimore
Ravens, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.

The 31-year-old Colorado native has
started all 33 regular-season games at center since legendary
quarterback Tom Brady joined the franchise ahead of the 2020
campaign. He hasn’t missed a start since 2017.

In March, Jensen said he was leaning
toward re-signing with the Buccaneers as a free agent, and a phone
call from Brady, who returned after brief retirement this offseason,
sealed the deal.

“It was the icing on the cake at the
end of a great day,” Jensen
told reporters. “At that point I was
pretty much already committed to coming back to Tampa. And obviously,
that’s the sugar on top.”

The 6’4”, 319-pound lineman signed a
three-year, $39 million contract with the Bucs.

It’s been a decorated couple of years
for Jensen since Brady’s arrival, as he helped anchor the Tampa Bay
line during the team’s run to the Super Bowl LV title and then earned
his first career Pro Bowl selection in 2021.

Robert Hainsey would be in line to fill
the void if Jensen is sidelined. The 2021 third-round pick out of
Notre Dame played just 31 offensive snaps as a rookie, per Pro
Football Reference

The Buccaneers start the preseason Aug.
13 against the Miami Dolphins and kick off the regular season Sept.
11 when they visit the Dallas Cowboys in a marquee NFC showdown.

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