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Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen to miss ‘months’

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen (66) warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
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Tampa Bay Buccanneers center Ryan Jensen will miss “months” with a knee injury he sustained in practice, coach Todd Bowles confirmed Friday.

Jensen was carted off the practice field with the knee injury at training camp on Thursday morning.

“We don’t know the severity of it per se, but I do know he’ll miss some significant time, up to a couple of months, whether he’ll be back later in the season, November or December, that depends on what they find. He won’t be available anytime soon,” Bowles told reporters.

Jensen, 31, was selected to his first Pro Bowl last season after starting all 17 games for the Bucs. He has not missed a start since the 2016 season.

He has competed in 100 regular season games (90 starts) and seven playoff games (six starts) with the Baltimore Ravens (2014-17) and Buccaneers. Baltimore drafted him in the sixth round in 2013 and he won a Super Bowl championship with Tampa Bay.

Bowles said Robert Hainsey and Nick Leverett will compete for the starting center spot.

–Field Level Media