Florida State senior defensive end Brandon Jenkins will miss the rest of the 2012 season with a foot injury, CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman reported late Monday night.
Update: Feldman is now reporting that the injury is the dreaded Lis Franc.
Jenkins left Saturday's 69-3 win over Savannah State with a foot injury. He was initially given crutches, but walked off the field under his own power without a large or noticeable limp. X-rays were negative, and Florida State termed the injury a "deep foot bruise."
Statement From FSU:
"After receiving information late in the afternoon following an MRI and a weight bearing X-Ray and also awaiting to talk to Brandon Jenkins and his mother, it was determined that Brandon will miss the 2012 season with a Lisfranc injury," Fisher said.
"Brandon is not only a tremendous player, but a great person, teammate and leader that we will miss. I know he'll bounce back and recover to continue a great career."
During his morning press conference, coach Jimbo Fisher had high hopes that Jenkins MRI would come back clear. According to CBS, however, that was not the case.
Jenkins was a strong All-America candidate and a multi-time All-Conference selection. He was arguably the best player on Florida State's defense, and forwent a chance to be a high NFL draft choice, instead electing to return for his senior season.
Florida State is loaded at defensive end, but the Seminoles will not be able to replace Jenkins. This is a major hit for the defense.
Jenkins is a true senior and can take a redshirt and return for the 2013 year, if he elects to do so.
Florida State had panned to redshirt Mario Edwards Jr. and Chris Casher, the No. 1 and 4 defensive end recruits nationally, but that may change in the wake of the Jenkins' news.