The Bucs offensive line has been healthy all season, but their fortune swung in the Wild Card game. All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs went down against the Eagles with an ankle sprain on the Bucs’ first drive. Wirfs tried to return, but lasted just three plays. Meanwhile, center Ryan Jensen was rolled up on in the second quarter, but didn’t miss a snap. Both players are in question for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

“I was scared to death it was an Achilles on Tristan,” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians said on Bucs Total Access this week. “But it ended up being a high ankle sprain. He thought he could go. They worked him out behind the bench and said, ‘yeah, he can go’. But he couldn’t go.”

Wirfs gave up a sack to Ryan Kerrigan on his third play back in the lineup. He quickly fell to the ground in pain, and the Bucs subbed him out. Jensen was able to return without missing a play, but his condition could worsen by Sunday. Arians described him as “tough a dude as there is playing this game” on Sunday.

Bucs C Ryan Jensen

Bucs C Ryan Jensen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Ryan is just tough as nails,” Arians said. “His ankle wasn’t quite as severe. It’s a little sore today though. But we’ll see how they are this week. But Jensen, it didn’t effect him. Once the adrenaline gets going, it’s different for him than those guys.”

For now, the Bucs are in the dark about the availability of either lineman for Sunday. On Monday, Arians said Wirfs is wearing a boot. But listening to the head coach on Bucs Total Access, it sounds like both linemen are wearing boots this week.

“I probably won’t know anything until Friday,” Arians said. “It’s gonna take that long to get them out of the boot. Get them walking on it and see how they can play.”

On Bucs Total Access, Arians was asked what Plan B will go if Wirfs and Jensen can’t play.

“There’s a number of combinations,” Arians said. “We could do (Robert) Hainsey, who we trust, at center. We could start Ali (Marpet) at center and (Aaron) Stinnie at guard. We’ll just see how the tackle (situation) plays out. It could be Josh (Wells) or Tristan.”

The Bucs host the Rams on Sunday at 3pm EST in the divisional playoffs.

You can listen to the fantastic entirety of Bucs Total Access right here.

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chefboho
chefboho
4 months ago

Hey Dr Douche bag, looks like Wirfs has a high ankle sprain . I guess my inside intel from the training staff was true. 😂 Here’s to hoping for a little miracle for these two because there’s no way to overcome loosing two pro bowl offensive lineman against this rams dline

Last edited 4 months ago by chefboho
drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  chefboho
4 months ago

Well now since BA confirmed it, it is so. But you still had no confirmation of that when you stated it. You were just belching gas. And watch your language little lady.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
4 months ago

Arians was worried about his Achilles but a HASP though not as serious is still very concerning. This doesn’t sound like good news for Sunday against the Rams. Probably our biggest game to Repeat.

Buc76
Buc76
4 months ago

Defense needs to dominate to win this one. Need another 6 to 5 type Rams Bucs playoff game. We come out on top 13 to 5

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Buc76
4 months ago

Agreed. Time for the D to step up and shut down the ground attack and then put the pressure on Stafford so he throws up some gifts. We need to run the ball at least 20 to 25 times or we are in trouble.

Buc76
Buc76
4 months ago

We also need to get good return yardage on punts to better out field position and Darden is not getting it done

drdneast
drdneast
Reply to  Buc76
4 months ago

I concur.

Billy
Billy
4 months ago

Problem is Playoff Lenny played last time with our starting O Line and Brady led the team in rushing.
That can’t happen if we wanna move on.
We also completely abandoned the run falling behind.