Report: Bucs' Pro Bowl Center Ryan Jensen Feared to Have Season-Ending Knee Injury

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TAMPA, FLORIDA - JANUARY 16: Ryan Jensen #66 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is helped off the field after a play against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Ryan Jensen (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen is feared to have a serious knee injury after being carted off the field during Thursday's training camp practice, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.

Rapoport reported Friday morning that the fear is Jensen suffered a season-ending knee injury, although that has yet to be confirmed.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

While the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bucs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Bucs</a> await final word, the fear is Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen has suffered a season-ending knee injury, sources say. A likely frustrating end to his 2022.<br><br>Tampa’s options include internal — Robert Hainsey — or external — JC Tretter, Matt Paradis, Billy Price, etc.

A source told Adam Schefter of ESPN that it was "not looking good."

Bucs head coach Todd Bowles told reporters Friday morning that Jensen is expected to miss months of action, but the team is still waiting on the MRI results to determine the extent of the injury.

Bowles previously said Thursday that the severity of the injury wasn't immediately known.

JennaLaineESPN @JennaLaineESPN

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.