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Packers' Jenkins reportedly out for year

9/30/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

The Green Bay Packers' medical department is pretty busy these days.

As a half-dozen starters nurse significant injuries, a list that includes quarterback Aaron Rodgers (shoulder), the Packers appear to have lost one for the season.

Defensive end Cullen Jenkins has been diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle, according to the National Football Post. If that's the case, Jenkins almost certainly will miss the season.

Coach Mike McCarthy referred to Jenkins' injury as a strain while speaking Monday to reporters in Green Bay. Jenkins had further tests Monday afternoon to reveal the extent of the injury.

Jenkins has been enjoying a strong year, playing at right end on running downs and moving inside on passing downs. It's not clear how the Packers would replace Jenkins in the starting lineup. It's unlikely they want Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila playing every down. One possibility could be moving Michael Montgomery to the right side. Jason Hunter is also available.