Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mike Jenkins gets closer to playing
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- Cornerback Mike Jenkins, who missed all mandatory offseason workouts and training camp practices as he recovered from shoulder surgery, is going through his most extensive week of practice this year.
Jenkins was cleared for contact after the final preseason game against the Miami Dolphins, but he didn't play in the regular-season opener because he had just two practices.
If all goes well, Jenkins will have nearly a week's worth of practices and should be good to play in the Week 2 game at Seattle.
"It will depend on how he practices," coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday morning before practice. "But he's had some good days. We have to see how he responds to practices and come back the next day and do it. We'll be in that evaluation process all week long."
Where Jenkins plays is another issue. He's been an outside corner, but with the additions of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne it appears Jenkins will see time in the slot.
Orlando Scandrick is the slot corner, and Jenkins has never played the spot in an NFL game. Jenkins said he's practiced at slot and outside corner.
"Just see how he does in practice," Garrett said regarding where Jenkins lines up. "He's a guy we like to get out there because he's a good football player (and) he can cover. If you're a corner in this league who can cover, there's a spot for you. We just want to get him healthy and going again and practicing with our football team and see how he does (Wednesday)."