Just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, Jets fans ---- it did. And it happened just six plays into this young season.
All-pro NT Kris Jenkins, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, suffered a torn ACL in last night's game.
Jenkins went for an MRI exam Tuesday morning, confirming the tear. The previous injury to that knee also involved the ACL. It was repaired in October with a graft, using a tendon from his hamstring. He made a strong recovery, dropped more than 30 pounds and reported to training camp in terrific shape at 359 pounds.
Jenkins has favored the knee in training camp and preseason, and many questioned his durability this season. No one will ever question his work ethic or integrity, he is a locker room leader and the glue that holds together the Jets' defensive front. Now, they will have to do without him, and a leader will have to emerge. NT Sione Pouha was solid in filling in for him last year, and he will have to continue to be as Jets move on with their season. DE Shaun Ellis will have to provide the veteran leadership that Big Jenks provided.
The 31-year-old veteran injured the same knee which he had reconstructive surgery on last season. If we remember, at one point in the offseason, he was unsure if he was to return this year. After the recent events, as sad as it is, it may be time for him to hang up the cleats. He had an excellent career, and made a name for himself in the NFL. A talented player with an electric personality, he certainly made his presence felt in this league.
We'll miss you, Big Jenks. No one worked the cookie diet as well as you did...