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Rookie Jarvis Jenkins Tears ACL

Rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins said on a post on his Twitter page early Friday morning he tore the ACL in his right knee in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins’ 34-31 loss to Baltimore on Thursday.

“Redskin fans thanks for the support I love you all…unfortunately it is a ACL tear…” Jenkins posted.

“I’m gonna work harder than I’ve ever worked to get back I love this game too much,” he later added.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-4, 309-pound defensive end, was chosen in the second round of April’s NFL Draft out of Clemson. He started the game on the left side of the line in place of Adam Carriker, who missed the game because of blisters on his feet.

With 11:15 to play in the second quarter, Jenkins was pursuing running back Ray Rice when he fell to the field. He was helped off minutes later and didn’t put any pressure on the knee and was originally announced as having sprained it.

An MRI early Friday confirmed the torn ACL.

Jenkins was expected to be a significant contributor to a revamped Redskins defensive line. With him out of action, likely for at least six months, the Redskins have a need at the position. Kedric Golston, who started last year, and Darrion Scott each rotated at the position Thursday night.

“He’s going to be on the field a lot, whether he starts or he doesn’t start,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Monday. “It doesn’t really make a difference because he’s going to play a lot anyway. He’s powerful and he can run and he’s smart. Once in a while, like every other young guy, you’ll have a lapse for a couple plays, but he gets back up on them. He’s a great addition to our football team.”

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