Dallas Cowboys: Dr. James Andrews

IRVING, Texas -- The nasty scar on Mike Jenkins' right shoulder reveals what his offseason has been about: surgery and recovery.

Jenkins said he's got range of motion in his shoulder and is lifting weights, but he's not sure when he'll return to the field.

There are plans to send Jenkins back to Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., this week, but Tropical Storm Isaac is battering the Gulf Coast and delaying the process.

Jenkins was examined by Dr. Andrews a few weeks ago, and his shoulder failed a strength test. When Jenkins gets full strength in the shoulder, he could get cleared to practice by Dr. Andrews.

After that, Cowboys doctors will have to examine him to give approval.

Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Jenkins has a roster spot. It's uncertain if Jenkins will remain on the physically unable to perform list. If that's the case, he'll miss the first six weeks of the season but he won't count against the 53-man roster.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins wasn't approved by Dr. James Andrews to resume contact in practice, according to a source.

Jenkins, who underwent shoulder surgery, visited Dr. Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Monday.

Jenkins will continue his rehab work and conditioning until he is cleared. The Cowboys wanted Dr. Andrews to clear Jenkins first because he performed the surgery on the cornerback. If Jenkins had been approved by Dr. Andrews, Jenkins was then going to be seen by the Cowboys' doctors to see if he could be cleared to practice.

At the start of training camp, coach Jason Garrett said Jenkins could return to practice by the end of the preseason. But now it's uncertain when Jenkins will return.

The position is already missing first-round draft pick Morris Claiborne, who is out with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Orlando Scandrick, the starter alongside Brandon Carr, twisted his ankle during Monday's practice, but finished without any issues. Teddy Williams, who received some second-team snaps in practice, was dinged during Saturday's practice and isn't available.

The Cowboys were irked Jenkins didn't rehab his shoulder in Dallas. Jenkins instead rehabbed in Florida and missed the voluntary offseason workouts.

Jenkins said he can do everything with his shoulder, and Garrett said the corner is getting his strength and range of motion back.

Mike Jenkins flying to Florida for checkup

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OXNARD, Calif. -- Mike Jenkins is on his way to Pensacola, Fla., to have his surgically-repaired right shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the operation in January.

The Cowboys and Jenkins planned the trip a few weeks ago and coach Jason Garrett called the visit a “normal follow up.”

The team hopes to have a more detailed report on where Jenkins is in his recovery from the surgery and when he might be cleared to return to practice. He is on the active physically unable to perform list and would need to pass a physical before being cleared. Garrett said the hope is that Jenkins could play in some preseason games, but Jenkins said when camp opened that he was unsure if he would be able to play in the Sept. 5 regular-season opener at the New York Giants.

“His conditioning is certainly getting better,” Garrett said. “His strength and range of motion are getting better, but Dr. Andrews did the surgery so this is a normal follow up to get his take where (Jenkins) is and a better feel for how we want to proceed.”

If Jenkins is not ready for the regular season, he could miss the first six games of the season.

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