Mike Jenkins unsure for opener

Updated: July 30, 2012, 9:40 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins said he will visit Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on his shoulder, to begin the process of getting cleared to practice.

"I can do everything," Jenkins said of his physical skills following Monday's afternoon practice.

Jenkins is scheduled to visit Dr. Andrews for an examination this week, and if he gets cleared to practice, he'll then need to get checked out by team doctors. If Andrews and the Cowboys' doctors clear him, Jenkins will begin to practice.

Jenkins underwent shoulder surgery following the 2011 season and hasn't practiced since. He's been seen swinging his arms during rehab stints and said he's got a range of motion.

Currently, he's on the physically unable to perform list.

If Jenkins is not healthy by the final cuts to the 53-man roster, he could be moved to the reserve/PUP list, which means he would miss the first six games of the year.

"Hopefully I'm on that side of not missing six games, but whatever the case is I'm ready to capitalize off it," Jenkins said.

Jenkins addressed a number of issues from his decision to not rehab at the team's Valley Ranch complex, a trade request and the organization's decision to sign free agent cornerback Brandon Carr and move up to take Morris Claiborne in the first round of the draft.

"Y'all haven't got any quote out of me yet, so as long as it hasn't come from my mouth I don't understand how a lot of people can come up with a lot of things," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he did not request a trade from the team, however, he was not sure if his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, had made a request. Sources indicated Jenkins was seeking a trade after the team made the moves with Carr and Claiborne and had fielded offers from a few teams.

Jenkins said the team called him after the additions, but admitted there was a "shock feeling" at first, especially after playing through injuries last year.

"It's a business and I understand that," Jenkins said. "It's not for me to get mad. I was in the same situation when I came in. I feel like it's the best man wins and it is what it is. It's going to make everybody better at the end of the day."

While Jenkins is not sure when he will get on the field, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Sunday the hope is Jenkins could play in one of the final preseason games.

As for the decision to stay away from the team for rehab Jenkins said: "Dr. Andrews did my surgery. I was familiar with him. It was only right for me to stay with the guy who did my surgery."

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said the team will not trade Jenkins and even envisions the possibility of keeping Jenkins in the future. The Cowboys have tied up nearly $94 million in contracts to cornerbacks in the last 12 months in Carr ($50.1 million), Orlando Scandrick ($27.5 million) and Claiborne ($16.26 million).

"That's what they say," Jenkins said. "I've heard a lot of different stories, a lot of different accusations but I'm just trying to get back focused. That's the main thing. That's where I need to keep my mind at. I'm here with the Cowboys. I'm part of this organization right now and I'm staying focused with that. All I can do is intake what everybody is saying from this organization because this is where I'm at ... I'm on a one-year deal. It is what it is. Ain't nothing I can do about it. You've got to respect him. He brought me in. I respect him. He gave me that chance to showcase myself."

Jenkins is scheduled to make a little more than $1 million in 2012 and will be a free agent in 2013.

"I'm not worried about no contract," he said. "I'm not worried about no money. My game play is going to show. As long as I play good, that's how it's going to fall out."

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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