Jarvis Jenkins cleared to play football

Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins has received full clearance to resume football activities following a seven-month rehabilitation from ACL surgery.

Jenkins, whom the Redskins selected out of Clemson in the second round of the 2011 draft, tore his ACL during Washington’s third preseason game and was lost for the season.

At the time of his injury, the 6-foot-4, 325-pounder was pushing veteran Adam Carriker for the starting job at left defensive end.

Jenkins made steady progress throughout the season and remained at Redskins Park during his rehabilitation to sit in on defensive meetings and learn the system better, even though he wouldn’t be playing.

When the season ended, the Redskins were optimistic that Jenkins would be back to 100 percent by the time the team’s offseason conditioning program begins Monday. Jenkins announced via Twitter Wednesday afternoon that he has made it.

“Officially cleared earlier today to play ball again,” Jenkins tweeted. “God is good. Now it’s [definitely] time for football!”

Jenkins didn’t immediately respond to a message left for him.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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