New York Jets coach Rex Ryan announced Monday that NT Kris Jenkins will be placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his left knee, ending his season. Jenkins was injured during the second quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills and didn’t return to the game.
Jenkins said he spoke with team trainers, and the plan is to “take a couple of weeks” to regain the range of motion in his knee before he undergoes surgery. Jenkins, who also tore the ACL in his right knee during the 2005 season, said he felt confident he’d be able to rehab and return from the latest setback.
“My feelings are hurt that I won’t be able to be out there fighting for my teammates this year,” Jenkins said during a news conference. “But it doesn’t mean I won’t be around or be a part of this team. I just won’t be seen as much.
“I don’t really know what to say. Things happen for a reason.”
Jenkins, the centerpiece in the middle of the Jets’ defense, earned his fourth Pro Bowl appearance in 2008, his first season with the team. In making the announcement, Ryan said Jenkins will be difficult to replace.
“I have a lot of confidence in the guys we have behind him,” Ryan said. “Sione [Pouha] and Mike DeVito, we have confidence in those guys. But to think they’re going to come in and play like Kris, that’s not realistic. So we all are going to have to step up our game to make up for his loss.”