September 27, 2023

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Update: John Wolford, Ryan Jensen

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John Wolford vs New York Jets 8/19/2023 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers

A scary scene unfolded last night, August 19th, in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Bucs’ 3rd quarterback went down towards the end of the third quarter following a tackle by Jets’ defensive end Jayln Holmes. It appeared that Wolford hit his head on the ground, and team trainers were called out. Wolford was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, where it was reported that he was okay and moving his extremities.

The following day, Bucs’ head coach Todd Bowles said that Wolford had traveled home with the team, meaning he cleared all the tests that were conducted. As for an update on Wolford, Bowles had this to say,

“He’s feeling better. He’s moving around, so that’s the best we can offer right now. The tests came out pretty [well], so we’ll just see how he recovers.”

No timetable for a return for Wolford, but that is not important right now. Recovering from his neck injury is what needs to be focused on right now, and thankfully, it was not as bad as it could have been.

Todd Bowles was asked today if he was planning to start Robert Hainsey in Week 1 at Minnesota, considering the fact that Ryan Jensen had not traveled to New York with the team. Bowles stated that they have not made a decision as to who is the starter at the Center position and that Jensen not traveling with the team was just “status quo”.

“It’s status quo right now. We haven’t made a decision on the starting center. We’ll watch the tape, and we’ll evaluate it from there. It was status quo – we didn’t think traveling him on the plane would be any better for his knee, so we left him home.”

Ryan Jensen has not participated in team drills or in practice with the team yet, and was not placed on the P.U.P. list prior to camp, nor is he being placed on I.R. being mentioned right now. So there is still a chance that we see Big Red under center in Minnesota.