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Steeler Linebacker Jenkins, Former Titan, Out Indefinitely

Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker/defensive end A.J. Jenkins, a former Cal State Fullerton standout, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee Tuesday and is out indefinitely, a Steeler spokesman said.

Jenkins, who was selected to the All-Big West Conference first team and was an All-American honorable mention at Fullerton in 1988, tore cartilage in his knee during a controlled scrimmage July 17 against the Washington Redskins.

Dan Edwards, Steeler public relations director, said the injury will not sideline Jenkins for the season, “but we don’t know at this point how long he’ll be out.”

A knee injury limited Jenkins to five games last season, and he made only four tackles playing on special teams and defense. The Steelers had moved Jenkins from linebacker to defensive end last spring, and he was projected as a reserve who would play mostly in passing situations.

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Jenkins played in all 16 games for the Steelers in 1989, primarily on special teams, and finished with 14 tackles. He had nine sacks and 77 tackles during his senior season ('88) at Fullerton.


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