Fit-again Jensen set to make long-awaited Bucs return against Cowboys

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Ryan Jensen has been activated off injured reserve by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the Wild Card showdown with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.

The center missed the entire regular season after suffering a knee injury at the start of training camp in July.

Jensen returned to practice on December 28 and is set to make a timely return for the Bucs' play-off clash with the Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium.

With Nick Leverett (knee and shoulder) doubtful to face Dallas and center Robert Hainsey (hamstring) questionable, Jensen's comeback will be a boost for Tom Brady and the Bucs.

The 31-year-old had not missed a game since signing with Tampa Bay in 2018 following a four-year stint with the Baltimore Ravens, and he was named to his first career Pro Bowl last season.

He re-signed with the Bucs in March on a three-year, $39million contract that included $23m in guarantees.