Texans LB Jordan Jenkins says rehab for torn labrum is ‘going pretty well’

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Jordan Jenkins demonstrated what an old-school football player he is with the New York Jets in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 27, 2020.

The former 2016 third-round pick tore his labrum in the 36-7 loss to the Colts. With his shoulder out of socket, Jenkins wouldn’t let the training staff take him back into the locker room.

“Just playing the game and took a bad hit and my whole shoulder popped down and I didn’t know what was going on, I just knew it’s probably messed up,” Jenkins said. “The training staff came by and I just told them to pop it back in, pop it back in I’m ready to go. They tried to take me inside, but I just said to pop it in and just let me keep going and finished out the game against the Colts.”

Jenkins didn’t record any statistics, and played just 35 snaps on defense and seven on special teams for the game. His final season with the Jets was cut short with four games to play as he was placed on injured reserve in mid-December and finally had surgery to repair the torn labrum.

“I just had to stay in the training room doing a lot of rehab,” said Jenkins. “That was probably one of the toughest seasons of my career, having to try to play through that and then deal with everything else that was going on in the last season.”

Jenkins played 12 games, starting in all of them, and collected 32 combined tackles with three tackles for loss and six quarterback hits. Jenkins also had 2.0 sacks, a pass breakup, and a forced fumble.

As Jenkins’ rehabilitation progresses in the offseason with a new team, the 6-3, 259-pound linebacker is pleased with how it is going.

“I feel like my rehab is going pretty well,” said Jenkins. “I’m not sure when I’ll be back but I just know when I do, I’m going to be the same physical, run-through-you type of guy that I’ve been over the last five years. That’s something I take pride in being and just being violent and physical and aggressive. That’s one thing that won’t ever change about me.”

The Texans could use his violent, physical play as they seek to re-establish defensive dominance in new defensive coordinator Lovie Smith’s Tampa-2 scheme with a 4-3 front.