The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed veteran DB Logan Ryan and placed C Ryan Jensen on IR, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. The door for Jensen will be left open, and more about his injury will be known early next week as he will have another MRI to see if the two ligaments are progressing in their healing and whether or not a procedure is necessary. If Jensen needs surgery to repair one or more of the cruciate ligaments, he could miss even more time, possibly up to an additional physical year.
Logan Ryan was released to allow Ryan Jensen to remain on the 53-man roster for the required time before going to IR; which allows him to return at some point, if possible.
Robert Hainsey (Ankle) will fill in for Ryan Jensen, as well as Nick Leverett (Shoulder), both of whom were injured in the final preseason game vs the Indianapolis Colts. Both players are awaiting MRI results; however, it is believed that they will be ready to go for Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys. Todd Bowles stated that they are both trending in the right direction.
“They’re both trending in the right direction. If they continue to heal, they’ll be ready to practice next week and should be available for the game.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have faced numerous injuries to the offensive line prior to the season starting, but overall, feel confident with the young players that they have to fill in for the injured veterans. I would expect the team to continue to look at free agency in search of veteran depth for the offensive line and possibly seek a trade partner. Rumor has been kicked around that running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn may be available for the right price, and the Bucs already dealt linebacker Grant Stuard to the Colts.