Last week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting center Ryan Jensen left practice with what the team is calling a potentially "serious" injury. Although an official injury diagnosis has yet to be revealed, there's a belief the veteran could miss the entire 2022 season.
It's a significant setback for Tom Brady and the Buccaneers offense, especially considering Brady and Jensen have a close working relationship.
When asked about Jensen's injury at training camp on Monday, Brady said he's "heartbroken" for the veteran center.
"You know he's worked really hard," Brady said of Jensen. "Obviously everyone's heartbroken with what happened with Ryan."
With that being said, it's next man up for the Buccaneers. Robert Hainsey will take Jensen's place at center.
"It'll take a little time, but [Robert] Hainsey's gotta step into his job and do a great job," Brady added. "He worked hard last year. Really gained the trust of a lot of people. He's gotta go earn it like all of us. It's not what you did, how hard you worked in the offseason. It's how good of a football player are you on this team."
Hainsey has big shoes to fill. Jensen was a leader for that Buccaneers offensive line last year.