Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Mike Jenkins expected back next week
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins is expected to return to Valley Ranch for next week's mandatory minicamp.
Drew Rosenhaus, Jenkins' agent, told Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones his client would be at the minicamp. If Jenkins fails to show, the team could fine him $10,000 a day.
"We anticipate seeing him back here next week," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's not missing any on-the-field work by being in Florida. He's getting his rehab done down there. Certainly we want our players around in meetings, understanding the new things we're putting in, going over some of the old things from last year; we think that's a missed opportunity for him."
The Cowboys finished their ninth organized team activity session Wednesday, and Jenkins remained a no-show for the voluntary practices. One more session is scheduled for tomorrow, but Jenkins isn't expected to attend.
Jenkins hasn't spoken publicly about why he's not attending voluntary sessions. But the Cowboys made offseason moves at his position in drafting Morris Claiborne at No. 6 overall and signing Brandon Carr to a $50.1 million deal. The Cowboys have also not done anything with a contract extension that Rosenhaus is seeking for his client.
Jenkins is in the final year of his contract and is coming off shoulder surgery, so it hasn't been determined if he'll practice next week.
"I called Mike, I like Mike, a hard working kid, he's got great talent," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "But everybody is working here. That's the way it is. He's going to be a part of us. I know he loves his teammates. He'll do a great job once he's here. It's disappointing, sure, but I think everybody's situation is different. I'm not going to farm his land and I don't do all that crap. Would we like to see him out here? Hell yeah. I'm sure (the media) would too. He's coming off an injury.”