Jets' DT Jenkins Done for the Season

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Rex Ryan has to adjust to life without Kris Jenkins anchoring his defensive line.

The New York Jets nose tackle was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

"That's hard," Ryan said. "It's going to be hard to replace Kris. There's not many Kris Jenkins playing in this league. Obviously, his impact is going to be felt."

The four-time Pro Bowl selection was injured while making a tackle in the second quarter of the Jets' 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo on Sunday.

"My feelings are hurt that I won't be able to be out there fighting with my teammates this year," said Jenkins, who was on crutches and had his leg heavily wrapped.

Jenkins, in his second season with New York, said he has "a little bit of a bone bruise on top of it." He added that the medical staff told him it would be a few weeks before the knee is operated on so he can strengthen it and regain his range of motion. Jenkins said part of his hamstring would be used to replace the ACL.

He added he expects to be ready for the start of the team's offseason conditioning programs.

"It still doesn't mean that I won't be around and it still doesn't mean I'm not a part of this team," the 6-foot-4, 360-pound Jenkins said, appearing in good spirits. "I just won't be seen as much, which is fine because I won't have everybody commenting about my weight, so that's OK."

The 30-year-old newly married Jenkins also said he has no plans to retire despite recently saying he has a strong desire to put his family above football.

"I'm not ready to hang the gloves up yet," he said.

Ryan said the team would re-sign veteran defensive tackle Howard Green to help replace Jenkins, as will holdovers Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito.

Jenkins tackled Fred Jackson on a 4-yard run with just over 5 minutes left before halftime and went down as teammate Shaun Ellis rolled into him in the pile, grimacing while laying on his back. He slowly walked off the field to the sideline before heading to the locker room.

He tore the ACL in his right knee in 2005 while with Carolina, and made the Pro Bowl the following season.

"I'm balanced now," he said with a smile.


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