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Associated Press / September 15, 2010

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Kris Jenkins’s comeback lasted less than one quarter.

The Jets defensive tackle will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his surgically repaired left knee in the team’s opener against Baltimore Monday night.

“Obviously, that’s going to be a huge blow for us,’’ coach Rex Ryan said yesterday. “Again, we’re about the team, but I just feel really bad for Kris.’’

The extent of the injury was determined yesterday following an MRI.

“I just spoke to Kris and he’s down, but I think he’ll battle and come through this,’’ Ryan said. “But, it’s a big loss.’’

Jenkins was hurt in the opening quarter — the Ravens’ sixth offensive play — of the Jets’ 10-9 loss. He was caught in a pileup on a tackle of fullback Le’Ron McClain and immediately clutched his left knee. He remained on the turf for a few minutes, then got up and limped to the sideline.

Ryan said there had not yet been a date scheduled for surgery.

The 10-year veteran tore the same ACL midway through last season and used a graft from a hamstring to repair it. Monday night’s game was his first in the regular season since that injury.

Also, in a bid to boost the wide receiver position, the Jets re-signed David Clowney and waived running back-receiver Danny Woodhead. Ryan said the Jets would look into bringing in another wideout, and even said veteran Laveranues Coles was a possibility.

Grant out for season
Packers running back Ryan Grant is out for the season with a right ankle injury, a significant blow to the team after he piled up 1,200 yards in each of the past two seasons.

“When you lose a running back of Ryan’s caliber, it’s a big loss, but this is something we have to deal with and move forward from as a team,’’ general manager Ted Thompson said in a statement. “Our medical people will do a great job with Ryan, and we expect [him] to make a full recovery.’’

Grant was hurt in the second quarter of Green Bay’s 27-20 win at Philadelphia on Sunday. Coach Mike McCarthy said a day later that Grant’s injury involved ligament damage. Multiple reports say ankle surgery could keep Grant sidelined for up to three months.

“Guess everyone has heard the news,’’ Grant posted on his Twitter account. “Frustrating, disappointing, all the normal emotions.’’

Sanders hurting
The Colts said safety Bob Sanders will meet with Dr. James Andrews today to get a second opinion on the arm he hurt at Houston.

Two sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Sanders has a torn biceps tendon. The sources said it is not the same arm he had a biceps tendon tear in last season, and the visit to Andrews is to determine how long he will be out.

Sanders, the league’s 2007 defensive player of the year, was injured on the Texans’ first offensive series Sunday. Antoine Bethea deflected a pass into Sanders’s facemask, and Sanders left his feet and landed awkwardly.

Sanders missed all but two games last season with knee and biceps injuries and all but six games in 2008 with other injuries. He’s now played in 48 career games and missed 49.

League rips Portis
Redskins running back Clinton Portis, known for being outspoken, had plenty to say on the radio about women reporters in NFL locker rooms.

The league swiftly condemned his comments as inappropriate and offensive, and Portis later issued an apology through the Redskins.

Addressing the NFL’s investigation of the Jets’ treatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, Portis said that both sides have wandering eyes when the sexes are mixed in such a setting.

“I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked, and you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman,’’ Portis said in a radio appearance.

The Jets are being investigated by the NFL after a few players made catcalls to Sainz Saturday while she was waiting to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez. Also, an assistant coach seemed to deliberately throw the ball to players who were near Sainz during a practice drill.

Ryan said the NFL was at the Jets’ training facility yesterday. “They’re here investigating, and we’re open,’’ he said. “We’re here to cooperate.’’

Dixon’s the one
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Dennis Dixon will be Pittsburgh’s starting quarterback Sunday at Tennessee, even though the injured Byron Leftwich may return to practice as early as today. Until Leftwich injured a left knee ligament during the final exhibition game Sept. 2, he was expected to start throughout Ben Roethlisberger’s four-game suspension. Tomlin said Dixon did enough things well during a season-opening 15-9 overtime victory over Atlanta to stay in the lineup . . . Dolphins rookie defensive lineman Jared Odrick is expected to miss one or two games with a hairline fracture in his right leg . . . The Buccaneers activated cornerback Aqib Talib, who sat out the team’s season-opening victory over Cleveland while serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy . . . The Lions signed former Pro Bowl defensive back Nathan Vasher and put DB Aaron Berry on injured reserve after the rookie had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder. The Bears released Vasher in March . . . Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer will miss the rest of the season because of a concussion he sustained in the preseason.

Chiefs look good
While Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster were grabbing the headlines with long touchdown plays for the Chiefs Monday night, veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson was compiling a team-high 12 tackles in a 21-14 victory over San Diego. Johnson’s jolting hit on Chargers rookie Ryan Mathews caused a fumble that led directly to one of Kansas City’s two offensive touchdowns of the game. Not bad for someone who struggled all last year to regain his starting job. San Diego’s winning streak against the Chiefs ended at five games . . . Chiefs president Denny Thum has stepped down, ending 36 years of employment with the club. Thum became team president in May 2009 and shared power with general manager Scott Pioli.

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