Mike Jenkins' Week 1 status remains a question

August, 23, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys are in the process of setting up another visit for cornerback Mike Jenkins with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., in hopes he can be cleared to practice before the first week of the regular season.

Jenkins visited Dr. Andrews earlier in the month but was not cleared and remains on the physically unable to perform list because of right shoulder surgery that he had in January.

If he remains on the PUP list on Aug. 31 when teams make their final cuts, then he would miss the first six weeks of the season. It is possible he could be cleared from PUP and not be able to play Sept. 5 against the New York Giants. The Cowboys have an 11-day break until they play at Seattle in Week 2.

After Saturday’s preseason game at San Diego, Jenkins said he was feeling better and that his range of motion has improved.

While the Cowboys do not have a firm “no practice, no play” rule, coach Jason Garrett said Jenkins would be hard-pressed to play against the Giants without getting on the field beforehand.

“We understand the challenge that he has coming back in having missed all of the offseason and all of training camp and we’ll treat his circumstance and situation very individually and specifically,” Garrett said, “but we believe in practice. Football is really, really challenging at this level. You can’t just go out and play if you haven’t prepared the right way.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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