- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones does not expect cornerback Mike Jenkins, who still hasn’t been cleared to practice after offseason surgery, to play in the season opener against the New York Giants.
“I don’t think so,” Jones said Friday on KRLD-FM. “He’s going to have his situation evaluated by his surgeon and it may be a little late in the preseason for him, but that’d be real interesting. If we had an evaluation on him by this weekend, I’d like to have that problem to mull over. I really would.
“He’s in shape. I think he’s in real shape. I could conjure up a scenario where he could help us against the Giants for sure.”
Dr. James Andrews, the famed orthopedist who operated on Jenkins, needs to clear the cornerback before he can begin practicing. The Cowboys expect Jenkins to visit Andrews in “the next week or so,” coach Jason Garrett said Thursday.
Garrett said the Cowboys have not determined exactly how much practice Jenkins, who missed all of offseason workouts and training camp, would need to be prepared for the season opener.
“We have no drop dead-date in particular, but we understand he has to practice before he is ready to play,” Garrett said. “We wouldn’t put him out there unless he was ready.”