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American Football: Jenkins out for season with shoulder injury

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posted on Oct, 13 2004 @ 01:56 PM
Carolina's All-Pro defensive tackle Kris Jenkins will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury that has been bothering him all year.

The Panthers placed Jenkins on injured reserve Wednesday, and coach John Fox said Jenkins will have surgery to correct a torn labrum.

Jenkins was injured in Week 2 against Kansas City, but tried to play through the pain, Fox said.

"He was only a shell of himself the last two weeks, he couldn't extend his arm," Fox said. "It was evident to the coaches, myself and to him. It's too hard a position to play with one arm."

Jenkins has shoulder problems dating back to college at Maryland, but had stayed injury free through his first three seasons. He became a dominant player at his position, earning two consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl while leading Carolina's defensive line.

Now, he's just the latest Carolina star to go down with an injury.

Receiver Steve Smith (broken leg) and running back DeShaun Foster (broken collarbone) are out indefinitely. Running back Stephen Davis (knee), defensive tackle Brentson Buckner (knee), linebacker Mark Fields (back spasms) and kick returner Rod Smart (knee) also have missed time with injuries.

"I've never been on a team before that has lost so many of their top guys," Davis said. "But injuries are part of the game."


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