Here’s a scary thought: Kris Jenkins is getting giddy.
The mammoth Jets’ nose tackle appears on schedule in his rehab from a season-ending left ACL injury in Week 6. Jenkins didn’t make any bold predictions, but he said he’s more excited than he’s been in a while for the upcoming season.
He jokingly proclaimed himself “77 percent” ready. (He wears No. 77). For now, trainers are monitoring his running to make sure he doesn’t needlessly accelerate his recuperation.
“Honestly, I don’t think that that’s something that’s an issue for me because the trainers and strength coaches stay on top of me with everything I do,” Jenkins said about trying to do too much too soon. “One time I tried to do a little bit too much. And they shut it down real quick. So they’re not going to let me do anything to jeopardize my health.”
“I’m happy with that,” he added. “I’m looking forward to taking it step by step and getting back out there.”
Jenkins, who tore his ACL in his right knee in 2005 with the Carolina Panthers, didn’t put an exact timetable for his return, but promised he’ll be running regularly “in the near future.” He also said his wife – he was married last year – has helped provide stability in his comeback.
“I feel like myself,” Jenkins said. “I know that I’ll be good to go. I’m confident in everything. I’ve been through this before, so I know what to expect. I know what to go through. The jitters are gone. I’m just glad to be back.”
That is great news thsanks for posting. Hopefully now they can cut down his work load knowing what we now know about our D. Personally I would cut it in half, and I would also have him play on special teams returning both punts and kicks as well as lead FB on the GL.