Another lost season for Jets nose tackle and former Maryland DT Kris Jenkins. After suffering a torn left ACL yesterday, Jenkins, a three-time Pro Bowler who played for the Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, is shelved again. Jenkins, 30, helped key the turnaround of the Jets run defense, and can be dominant when he’s healthy. It’s just that that doesn’t seem to consistently happen. He missed all but one game in 2004 and all but four games in 2005, after injuring his shoulder and tearing his right ACL, respectively. The dude is running out of knees. He also battled back problems earlier this season, among other various ailments.
Jenkins was a three-year starter for the Terps and started 27 of the 41 games during his time there. As a senior in 2000, Jenkins made second team All-ACC, logging eight sacks and 18 quarterback pressures to go with 62 tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Him and Lamont Jordan were both drafted out of that team.
Jenkins, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract in 2008, should return for the Jets next season. Here’s hoping for a full recovery for Jenkins, who by all accounts is a good player, a good cook, and an all-around good guy.
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