The news that promising second-round rookie defensive lineman Jarvis Jenkins is out for the year has dampened the Washington Redskins' preparations for the new season.
The Redskins could pursue a veteran lineman to take Jenkins' place and give themselves another useful option for their three-man front.
Jenkins was scheduled to be an important member of the line rotation this season. The former Clemson standout had looked impressive in training camp and early preseason action.
Jenkins was beginning to push Adam Carriker for a starting berth at left end. Neither Darrion Scott or Doug Worthington look like a credible replacement, based on their performances against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Redskins need solid options along the defensive line. Carriker improved during 2010, but he has yet to consistently perform at a high level.
The Redskins need a player to challenge Carriker and be good enough to step in and have an impact when necessary.
Here are four candidates who could fill this important role.