NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Texans veteran defensive end Jordan Jenkins tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Jenkins is believed to have avoided a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which would have required surgery and ended his season.
Jenkins is on crutches and is expected to be out a minimum of three weeks and be placed on injured reserve, according to a source.
Jenkins was coming off his best game of the season, recording 1 1/2 sacks and three quarterback hits against the Miami Dolphins.
The Texans pulled off an upset victory over the Titans as the defense and special teams had five turnovers for the second consecutive game.
Signed to a two-year, $6 million contract this offseason with a maximum value of $8 million, Jenkins has played in eight games this season and has 17 tackles.
Jenkins played last season under a one-year, $3.75 million contract for the New York Jets that included $3.25 million guaranteed and a $1.75 million signing bonus. He had 32 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble last season after recording a career-high eight sacks two seasons ago.
The Texans were playing without starting defensive end Jon Greenard, who leads the defense with a career-high seven sacks, due to a toe injury.
Jacob Martin and DeMarcus Walker started at defensive end against the Titans. Martin had one sack and Walker had a quarterback hit as defensive tackle Ross Blacklock had one sack and the Texans finished with eight quarterback hits as quarterback Ryan Tannehill was intercepted a career-worst four times. Linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill had two quarterback hits and an 82-yard interception return as cornerback Desmond King intercepted Tannehill twice and cornerback Terrance Mitchell intercepted him once.
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.