Mike Jenkins on return: 'It felt pretty good'

September, 2, 2012
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IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins made his return to the practice fields Sunday after he was delayed a day because of a migraine.

It was only a minor setback considering Jenkins missed the entire offseason and all training camp practices and preseason games recovering from major right shoulder surgery.

"It was frustrating," Jenkins said at having to miss Saturday's practice session. "At the same time, I've had migraines so I was hurting. Thank goodness there was another day. I came out today and practiced and it felt pretty good."

Jenkins explained his nearly six-hour shoulder surgery as the whole works. He had repairs to fix a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum.

It took a while for Jenkins to fully regain strength in his shoulder, especially the range of motion. He said he's not sure if he'll play Week 1 at the New York Giants on Wednesday, but it appears more likely he could be ready for possibly Week 2 at Seattle.

"I don’t think nothing is going to happen to it, it's restructured," Jenkins said. "It's not coming out. It’s a mental thing as far as getting a little pain here and there."

Where Jenkins plays is a question. He's been an outside corner, but the additions of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne mean Jenkins isn't a starter anymore.

Orlando Scandrick is the slot corner, and while Jenkins has never played there before, he said he's open to it.

The Cowboys have yet to have an extensive talk with Jenkins about playing special teams. Jenkins said he's open to playing special teams, something he hasn't done before in the NFL. However, it would be interesting if the Cowboys move him to a special teams unit, given his health situation.

Jenkins said he's healthy and can tackle, push off and defend passes. But he hasn't done it yet since the surgery, so there is an unknown with his abilities to become physical again after such a complex procedure.

One wouldn't think the Cowboys would put him on special teams, at least so soon, but giving him some limited defensive snaps in games, at least early in the season, seems realistic.

"Never played slot," Jenkins said. "If that’s what I have to do, that’s what I have to do. But like I said, it's coach's decision. Pretty sure whatever it is, they prepare everybody in the right way."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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