BALTIMORE, Md. (GoThunderWolves.com - Aug. 31, 2013) - For the first time since 1989, a CSU-Pueblo alum will be on a regular season National Football League roster.
Former CSU-Pueblo All-American tackle Ryan Jensen, drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, survived the last round of preseason cuts to cement a spot on the Ravens' 53-man roster heading into the regular season.
Jensen is the first former ThunderWolf to be on a regular season NFL roster since 1989, when running back Herman Heard suited up for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Jensen made the team on solid play during training camp despite not seeing time in any preseason games. In late July, The Baltimore Sun reported that Jensen broke his foot, and he was subsequently held out of each of the Ravens' preseason games. Despite that, Jensen, who was moved to center and took snaps with the first-team, is one of three centers being carried on the roster.
At the time of his injury in late July, The Baltimore Sun reported that he would miss 10 weeks. That would mean he would have an expected return to the lineup by approximately Oct. 13, when the Ravens would host the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Jensen's first weekend on an NFL roster will be bittersweet as Baltimore will travel to his home state to take on the Denver Broncos on Thurs., Sept. 5.