The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will put their season on the line tonight as they host the Dallas Cowboys.
Under normal circumstances, the Bucs should be heavily favored against any team at Raymond James Stadium.
But Todd Bowles’ team has struggled to live up to the expectations, barely holding on to win the league’s worst division with an 8-9 record.
The only reason the Bucs are hosting a playoff game this year, or even made the playoffs, is because the NFC South was a bit of a train-wreck, so most analysts don’t trust them to get the job done tonight.
However, Tom Brady’s ever-struggling offensive line might have gotten the best news they could’ve dreamed of.
The Bucs have officially activated Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen, who missed the whole season after suffering a knee injury on the second day of training camp.
We've activated C Ryan Jensen from injured reserve 👀#GoBucs
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 16, 2023
Jensen had been practicing with the team for the past couple of weeks but was considered a long shot to be activated before the January 18 deadline.
Notably, Jensen had been a mainstay for the Buccaneers’ offensive line for years.
Prior to his injury, he had started in 71 straight games since joining the team as a free agent in 2018.
The Bucs struggled to get any sort of momentum in the running game this season, and Brady had less time to operate in the pocket more often than not.
So, while he may still need to shake off some rust after not playing at all this season, he’ll surely give the Bucs a much-needed boost ahead of their biggest game of the season.