Washington Redskins rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins said his recovery from ACL surgery continues at a slow but steady pace. The Clemson product, whom Washington drafted 41st overall in April, also said he has the goal of returning stronger than ever.
Jenkins, who tore his ACL in the third preseason game on Aug. 25th and had surgery on Sept. 2nd, was walking around the Redskins’ locker room on Thursday without a brace, but still moves with a slight limp.
“I’m coming along pretty good,” said the 6-foot-4, 325-pound Jenkins. “It’s going to be a long process and I’ve got to come in here every day with the mentality to get better. I’ve got to get my leg more mobilized.”
Some of Jenkins’s rehabilitation routine includes walking on an anti-gravity treadmill as he works to increase the range of motion in his right knee.
At the time of his injury, Jenkins was competing with Adam Carriker for the starting left defensive end job. Instead, he will spend the year on injured reserve. He continues to attend his unit’s meetings although he won’t play again until next season.
“Kinda hard not to be out there,” Jenkins said. “But you’ve got to take it as it goes. I’m still very close to my teammates and I’m helping them out as I can.”
Jenkins said one of the few positives about his situation is that while sidelined, he is putting himself through a rigorous weightlifting regimen as he works to improve his upper-body strength.
“You’re going to see a transformation. … It’s going to be a good time to get my body right and take advantage of this opportunity,” Jenkins said.