Friday, July 27, 2012
Mike Jenkins to have shoulder checked out
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys are not sure when Mike Jenkins will be able to practice in training camp because of offseason shoulder surgery, but they could have a better idea after the cornerback gets a checkup next week.
Jenkins is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews next week to have his surgically-repaired shoulder examined, according to multiple sources.
The Cowboys placed Jenkins on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday. He will need to pass a physical before he is cleared to practice. If he is goes on the reserve/PUP list when the Cowboys have to cut down to 53 players, then he would miss the first six games of the season.
Jenkins played most of last season with a shoulder injury but wore a harness for extra protection. He had an extensive surgery in January and chose to do his rehab in Florida, skipping the team’s voluntary offseason program. The team urged him to remain at Valley Ranch following the June mini-camp but he returned to Florida.
Jenkins went through conditioning and rehab work in the three days of work this week and will fly with the team to Oxnard, Calif., on Saturday. He has not spoken with the media about his status.
Jenkins requested a trade earlier this offseason, but the Cowboys declined. In free agency the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to a $50.1 million deal and took cornerback Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick in the April draft.
Jenkins, who is entering the final year of his contract, has started 43 of the last 44 games he has played and made the Pro Bowl following the 2009 season. He has eight career interceptions.