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Jelani Jenkins injury update: Starting linebacker required ‘minor’ knee surgery

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins starting linebacker Jelani Jenkins is likely out for the next two- to three-weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his knee this week. Jenkins injured the knee in Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. The procedure, which is described as a “minor cleanup” was first reported by the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson.

Jenkins was injured early in the team’s game against the Falcons, officially being listed as questionable to return but never making it back into the contests. Joining Jenkins as players injured against the Falcons were defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, running back Isaiah Pead, defensive end Chris McCain, and defensive end Terrence Fede.

Jackson also adds that Fede was diagnosed with a sprained MCL, with no timetable for his recovery. McCain is believed to have a shoulder contusion that is not considered serious.

Jenkins is expected to be Miami’s starting weakside linebacker this year, and the team is “hopeful” he will be ready for the season opener, according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.

Miami plays the Tennessee Titans next week in the final preseason game of the year. They visit the Seattle Seahawks on September 11 to kickoff the regular season.