Redskins’ rookie defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins said Wednesday that surgery to repair his torn right ACL was a success and that doctors found no additional damage.
Jenkins had the surgery Friday, and has already started rehabilitating his knee. Jenkins said that he has been told to expect a recovery time of four to six months.
“The surgery went well. There was no tissue damage, just a torn ACL,” said Jenkins, whom Washington selected 41st overall in this year’s draft. “It’s going to be a long process, but I’ll be alright.”
Jenkins suffered the injury early in the Redskins’ third preseason game. Until that point, the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Clemson product was battling for the starting job at left defensive end. Jenkins has since been placed on injured reserve.
“I haven’t had a major injury before, so watching is kind of hard for me, but it’s all mental,” Jenkins said. “Once I get into the treatment, I just have to dedicate myself to getting back as fast as I can. If I’m going to get through this thing, I’ve got do it by myself and the doctors, who I’ve got to trust. I can’t lean on anybody to support me. I have to do it myself and stay motivated.”