If losing to the Buffalo Bills wasn't bad enough for the Gang Green, then losing NT Kris Jenkins for the entire season just made everything even worse. Jenkins was placed on season-ending injured reserve Monday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.
According to Jenkins, it will 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 expects to be ready for the start of the team's offseason conditioning programs.
Jenkins is the cornerstone of the Jets' defense and with this loss the already weakened unit will become even more prone to the running attack. He was also the only defensive lineman who has been able to get some kind of penetration on a regular basis. DT Sione Pouha will most likely take Jenkins' spot in the starting lineup. "He is the anchor of our defense," LB Bart Scott said. "Someone is going to have to step up and it can't be one man."