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The end of the regular season Sunday is an important milestone for rookie defensive end Jarvis Jenkins. He’ll no longer be missing out on playing in games with his teammates because of the torn right ACL he suffered in the preseason. They’ll all be training for next season.

“I’m getting work in just like everybody else,” Jenkins said this week. “I have chance to get ahead, actually, get stronger and get faster and get my leg as strong as I can.”

Redskins coaches believe Jenkins, a second-round pick out of Clemson, could have been a major contributor as a rookie. In some ways, then, his return next season will seem like having an extra draft pick.

Jenkins is expected to be ready to participate in organized team activities in the spring.

“He’s been to all the meetings,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “His rehab has gone well. We’re just looking forward to him going to his second year with a lot more experience, not necessarily on the field, but in the classroom. I’ve liked the way he’s handled himself, the way he’s worked, so I think he’ll be a big plus for us.”

Helu expects to play

Running back Roy Helu (knee, toe) said he expects to play against the Eagles. He’s officially listed as questionable. Right tackle Jammal Brown (hip) also is questionable.