Injured rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins continues to make strides in his recovery from a season-ending ACL tear suffered during the preseason.

Jenkins, whom Washington drafted in the second round out of Clemson, suffered the injury in the third preseason game and had surgery the following week. Already, he is walking without a noticeable limp, and earlier this week, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said Jenkins ran up a flight of stairs.

“He looks great,” Haslett said. “…If you gave Jarvis another month, he’d probably be ready to play. He works hard, he tells me everything he does … He just can’t plant and go side-to-side yet.”

Jenkins was placed on injured reserve, making him ineligible to return this season. He still attends all of his position and unit meetings just as he would if he were playing even though he isn’t required to. Haslett said he believes Jenkins will benefit next season from going the extra mile this season.

“I think he’s gaining just because he’s in the meetings, and he’s participating,” Haslett said. “Last year we had a guy that went on IR and we didn’t see him all year because he went home or whatever. Jarvis, I love the way he prepares to play the game and the way he’s done his rehab.”