14 Sep 2010
Jets defensive lineman Kris Jenkins has torn his left ACL for the second consecutive season and will miss the remainder of the 2010 campaign.
The Jets' defensive starters only missed 15 games last year -- Jenkins missed ten, and cornerback Lito Sheppard missed five. With Jenkins about to go on injured reserve and Calvin Pace having missed Week 1, they're guaranteed to miss at least 16 already, and there's one game in the books.
Meanwhile, the Jets might not actually end up missing Jenkins all that much. Last year, with Jenkins in the lineup, Gang Green's run defense DVOA was -6.4%, 18th in the league. After he was placed on injured reserve, they improved to a -15.3% DVOA, which was third in the league.
32 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2010, 3:13pm by Eddo
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