Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that injured rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins remains ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL and the Clemson product is expected to take part in off-season conditioning work this spring.
The Redskins drafted Jenkins with the 41st overall pick in the 2011 draft. The 6-foot-5, 320-pounder was battling for the starting left defensive end job during the preseason but tore his ACL in Washington’s preseason game at Baltimore. He has spent the entire season on injured reserve, recovering from surgery and working to regain strength in his knee.
Jenkins’ recovery has gone well. In late October, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett estimated that if Jenkins had not been placed on injured reserve, he probably could have returned to action by December.
Jenkins has attended the Redskins’ meetings and film-study sessions to get a head start on next season, when he is expected to bolster an improved defensive front seven. That unit featured the additions of nose tackle Barry Cofield, defensive end Stephen Bowen and outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan this season, as well as the emergence of second-year inside linebacker Perry Riley. Shanahan said with those pieces, along with linebackers London Fletcher and Brian Orakpo, Washington finds itself in a good situation.
“I feel good about that,” the coach said. “If you’re looking at depth and you take a look at the depth that we have on the defensive line and linebacker position, that’s one of the areas that we addressed last offseason.”