In addition to losing the game last night, it looks like the Redskins also lost one of their most promising rookie defenders last night.
Defensive End Jarvis Jenkins, the team’s second round pick out of Clemson, posted the following on his Twitter account:
“Redskin fans thanks for the support I love you all…unfortunately it is a ACL tear….”
We were not able to provide the link for the Tweet, as his account is restricted. However, various news sources are reporting that it is a complete tear of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and that he’ll be having season-ending surgery to repair it within the next couple of weeks.
The injury occurred in the first quarter, on the Ravens second offensive possession. Jenkins was trying to redirect his body to move in another direction, in reaction to a zone-stretch play the Ravens were running with Ray Rice, and he fell awkwardly to the ground. The injury didn’t look that gruesome on television, but Jenkins was in visible pain after buckling to the ground.
There was a bit of hope among Redskins fans, as Jenkins was able to put some pressure on the knee and walk to the locker room. However, it looks like the worst case scenario for Jenkins has been realized.
The injury is a devastating blow to a team that was really counting on Jenkins, as a key member of the defensive line rotation. By all accounts, he was having an outstanding camp, and the coaching staff was outwardly excited about both his ability to contribute this year, as well as his overall potential.