Ryan Jensen: I’m proud of myself for being out there after a severe knee injury

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Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen played in Monday night’s playoff loss to the Cowboys after missing the entire regular season with a knee injury, and afterward he said he was proud to have done it.

“It means everything,” Jensen said. “It’s why we do it, we do it for each other. And after a year where I wasn’t able to run out of the tunnel and be with my guys, it sucked. So today was a pretty surreal moment, and I’m proud of myself for everything, to persevere, and getting out there and giving it my all and trying to help this team win.”

Jensen confirmed that he opted not to have surgery despite having an injury that typically requires a major surgical reconstruction of the knee.

“It was a pretty severe injury. A lot of people I know were confused why I didn’t have surgery,” Jensen said. “I ended up tearing my MCL, my ACL and my PCL. I flipped my meniscus. I had a fracture and another little bone chip thing. It was a major injury and I was as fortunate as I could be with the way the injury happened that I didn’t have to have surgery and it was able to heal on its own in five months. Some call it dumb, but I’m a football player and football players play football.”

After going through all that, Jensen made all 82 snaps for the Buccaneers on Monday night.

21 responses to “Ryan Jensen: I’m proud of myself for being out there after a severe knee injury

  1. Dirtiest player in the League, and I don’t think it’s particularly close. Can’t stand this dude.

  2. I admire players that giving 100%. But anyone think Jensen going into such detail (and patting himself on the back) is kind of weird? Normally, the guys that play through injuries let their actions speak for them. Is he setting up retirement or using this rhetoric to help him with his next/final contract?

  3. He was back to committing personal fouls and taking cheap shots like his old self. Enjoy your postseason from the couch. Bucs should have never been in the playoffs and it showed.

  4. Not a Buccaneers fan, but I love watching this guy. Credit to him and the medical staff, for getting through this without surgery.

  5. Wow what a contrast to Lamar Jackson holding out during the playoffs and putting himself above the team.

  6. Surgeons all want to get you under the knife, but there are plenty of knee injuries that can heal well if you commit to a program of physical therapy.

  7. nice story glad he is ok, but he is not the same player as Lamar. They do different things, so lets be happy for him and not attack someone else.

  8. I could be wrong, but I thought MCL’s and PCL’s can heal themselves with rest and therapy. ACL’s do not heal on their own. My buddy is still walking around with a torn ACL from a pick up basketball game 15 years ago. He just had an MRI on it 3 months ago, still torn.

  9. Good for being proud of yourself. Your team will now be left in destruction for many years to come.

  10. Surgeons all want to get you under the knife, but there are plenty of knee injuries that can heal well if you commit to a program of physical therapy.
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    And some guys are just lucky. John Elway tore his ACL in high school and went on to play his entire career without it.

  11. seems like he is setting himself up for a world of hurt for his life after football, wonder if when hes old he will say i wonder if getting blown out in the first round of the NFL playoffs was worth 20-30 years of pain in the knee and leg while walking with a limp.

  12. Pretty much knew Ryan Jensen (only a 1x pro bowler) wasn’t going to do much last night. All week long you heard that Jensen was going to return and be the savior of the Bucs’ oline.

  13. An ACL doesn’t repair itself. If he tore it he’s playing with a brace and doesn’t have an ACL.

  14. He certainly seems to be in need of praise and validation. I’m sure the team will see fit to reward him generously for his sacrifice.

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