Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Mike Jenkins not sure of role, but ready
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- Mike Jenkins knows he will be active Sunday at Seattle.
“How? When? I don’t know yet,” Jenkins said. “I can’t get that answer. I don’t have any communication with the coaches to know what they want to do. I don’t want to be no distraction or anything like that. I don’t want it to seem like I’m that way, you know what I mean? Whenever they come to me and tell me what to do, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Jenkins went through his first full-padded practice Wednesday since undergoing shoulder reconstruction in January. He spent last week working on the scout team but worked with the Cowboys’ defense this week in getting ready for the Seahawks. He said he will not have to wear a harness as extra protection once he gets on the field.
“I had a little contact in the beginning of practice and there was nothing,” Jenkins said. “I feel like I’m ready physically to go out there.”
Jenkins’ offseason has been long, though some of it was his doing. Jenkins’ camp first sought an extension and then a trade after the team signed free-agent Brandon Carr and traded up for Morris Claiborne. He chose to do his rehab in Florida and spent training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
“There’s no bitterness,” Jenkins said. “Honestly I don’t want to talk about what happened. I just want to move on past it. There’s no bitterness. There’s no nothing. It is what it is. The only thing I can try to do right now for myself and the team is to try to help out. So however that role is, whatever they have planned, that’s just what we’re going to have to do. Because anything else, both sides are going to have to bite the bullet because feuding is not going to do nothing.”
Jenkins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent when the season ends. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said Jenkins is in the long-term plans even with the commitments made to other cornerbacks.
Jenkins said he’s not concerned about the future.
“That’s not my problem,” Jenkins said. “Being concerned about anything won’t help me do nothing. My job is to come out there and do what I have to do and continue to do that no matter what.”