Posted by Ryan Wilson
It was something of a surprise when Jarvis Jenkins was drafted ahead of his Clemson teammate Da'Quan Bowers, but the Redskins' second-round pick has been a pleasant surprise at defensive end, and unlike Bowers, there were no concerns about an injured knee. That changed Thursday night when he hobbled off the field against the Ravens. According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter John Keim, Jenkins tore the ACL in his right knee and will be lost for the season.
It's awful news for a Redskins defense that had played well in the preseason, both against the run and the pass. Jenkins has had an impressive training camp, and appeared to pass veteran Adam Carriker on the depth chart when he started Washington's second preseason game against the Colts.
“He’s a powerful guy and he just needs more time on the grass,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said of Jenkins lat week, according to the Washington Post.
Jenkins was injured on the Ravens' second offensive possession as he tried to make a play on ball carrier Ray Rice.
“I was doing a stunt on that side, and I seen the running back cutting back,” Jenkins told the Post. “So when he cut it back, I kind of reacted to him. I had my hands on the lineman trying to throw him. I threw him, and I tried to plant at the same time and redirect, and something just popped.”
Initially, there was optimism that Jenkins might be okay. “Hopefully it’s not too bad," he said after the game. "I’ve never really had a major injury, so I’ve just got to try to keep a positive attitude about it. And if it so happens that I’ll be out for a while, I’ve just got to stay motivated and get back as soon as I can. I’ve just got to stay positive about it.”
Unfortunately, it turns out that Jenkins will be out for a while, which complicates things for Haslett and the Redskins' defense. On the upside, it appears the Redskins could actually have a competent starting quarterback this season.
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