Further tests, however, have confirmed that the preseason standout has a torn ACL and will be out for the entirety of the season.
This hole left by Jenkins' loss cannot be easily filled. Might the Redskins pursue their former defensive tackle, current New England Patriot Albert Haynesworth?
Whether his absence was due to injury or some other issue is unknown, considering the Patriots' trademark secrecy when it comes to personnel issues.
Either way, Haynesworth's absence from the playing field has many wondering if New England plans on cutting the veteran prior to the regular season.
If this is the case, do not look for Haynesworth to return to Washington. His time with the team, and with coach Mike Shanahan, was rocky at best. And judging from Haynesworth's comments upon arriving in Foxboro, it does not appear that option would appeal to him whatsoever.
On one hand, it would seem that if Haynesworth found himself without a team in the coming days or weeks, that he would be willing to play for whichever team would have him.
But the bridge between Haynesworth and Washington has been burned, by both sides, and a return to the team will most likely not be an option for the veteran.
Jenkins was able to outperform sixth-year defensive end Adam Carriker in training camp, and took over his starting spot.
With Jenkins out, the Redskins would be better served re-installing Carriker in his former starting role, rather than bother with the powderkeg that is the pursuit of Haynesworth—that is, if he even becomes available.