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Friday, April 27, 2012
Is Mike Jenkins' rehab a question?

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Intended or not, the Cowboys’ decision to trade up for cornerback Morris Claiborne sends a message to Mike Jenkins.

One of the messages could be related to Jenkins’ approach to his rehabilitation from offseason shoulder surgery. According to sources, Jenkins has spent the majority of his time working out in his native Florida and not at Valley Ranch, much to the consternation of some at Valley Ranch, although coach Jason Garrett and executive vice president Stephen Jones would not get into that talk.

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The Cowboys' offseason program started last week, but injured players had been allowed to rehab since the season ended.

“He’s coming along,” Garrett said. “He’s been down in Florida some. He was here last week, so he’s coming along. It’s a serious injury he has. We feel like he’s making progress and he’ll be ready to go.”

According to a league source the Cowboys are looking to trade Jenkins, who will enter the final year of his contract. With uncertainty regarding his health and contractual future, getting full value for Jenkins could prove to be difficult.

The Cowboys would be wise to not give up Jenkins for next to nothing.

Injuries forced the Cowboys to play Alan Ball and Frank Walker more than they had anticipated last year, and they were exposed. For short and long spells at different times last season the Cowboys were without Terence Newman, Orlando Scandrick and Jenkins.

Keeping four quality corners in a division with talented quarterbacks and wide receivers might be worth any potential headaches.