One of the loudest, most likable, and most important players on the Jets roster will miss the rest of the season.
Nose tackle Kris Jenkins tore his ACL on Monday night, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. PFT’s Mike Florio confirmed the news and then Jets coach Rex Ryan admitted the same in his press conference Tuesday.
“Obviously that’s a huge blow for us. I just feel bad for Kris,” Ryan said.
We felt bad for Jenkins too last night. The look on Jenkins’ face as he walked off the field was that of a man that knew he may be doing it for the last time. Jenkins said he strongly considered retirement after tearing his ACL last October.
The Jets rush defense did just as well without Jenkins last year, but he’s a very difficult player to replace. Their defensive line depth is going to be severely tested. They already lost key reserve Ropati Pitoitua for the year.
Expect to hear some Albert Haynesworth speculation in New York, justified or not, in the coming days. Perhaps Haynesworth would enjoy playing nose tackle more if Rex Ryan was the coach. But we doubt it.