Nose tackle Kris Jenkins, said Jets head coach Rex Ryan, is out for the season after reinjuring his left knee in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
“Obviously it’s going to be a huge blow for us,” Ryan said in subdued tones at his news conference today at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “I just feel really bad for Kris, a guy that rehabbed that injury everyday and worked at it.”
“We lost a heck of a football player. The thing is we did overcome him last year. The defense rallied around the guys that were out there — Sione [Pouha], Mike DeVito. We talk that it’s about the unit; it’s not just the individual.. We just have to step up.”
Ryan’s big man in the middle worked incredibly hard this offseason to recover from a torn left anterior cruciate ligament that he suffered against the Buffalo Bills in Game 6 last season. But midway through the second series of the first regular-season game, on a 3-yard run by FB LaRon McClain, he reinjured the same knee.
Jenkins, who was drafted out of the University of Maryland is a four time Pro Bowl selection (2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008), and made the All-Pro team in 2002, 2003 and 2008. For his career he has 278 tackles and 24 sacks, all while being known as one of the most imposing presences along the line of scrimmage in the NFL.
“He is a physical mismatch against anybody that he plays against,” Ryan said. “Not too many people walking the face of the earth are like that. Just a big powerful man that is athletic. And it’s hard to block one on one, impossible really.”
Ryan said he talked with Jenkins minute before he began his news conference. “He’s down,” Rex said, adding that no surgery has been scheduled yet and he thought Jenkins could “come through” the setback.
The coach reiterated that one player does not determine the outcome for an entire team and that defensive tackles Sione “Bo” Pouha and Mike DeVito played outstandingly in Jenkins’ stead last season and again Monday night as the Ravens’ ground game was held to 49 yards on 35 carries.
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