Mike Jenkins strengthening shoulder

Updated: August 7, 2012, 4:35 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins still doesn't have enough strength in his surgically repaired shoulder to begin practicing but is hopeful he'll be cleared to play in the Sept. 5 regular-season opener at the New York Giants.

"That's what we're looking at," Jenkins said after Tuesday's practice. "But I'm not quite sure. Once I go back, hopefully for my final, final clearance."

Jenkins was examined by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., Monday and didn't get the news he was looking for.

"I can still do everything," Jenkins said. "Just the strength. Everything else was there."

Coach Jason Garrett termed the examination as good and said the cornerback will need a few more weeks of rehab before going back to Andrews for another exam.

Jenkins might not play in any of the preseason games, but that shouldn't be considered a big deal.

Jenkins missed the entire 2011 preseason with a neck stinger.

"I don't think we had any anticipation he was going to be cleared to practice," Garrett said. "It was almost a checkup to see what the next timetable is and what we've been told is probably won't see the doctor for at least a couple of weeks. You can anticipate him not being cleared prior to that. Again, players heal differently and we hope as he goes through this process that can be sped up and he's feeling better and we can arrange another trip and he goes down there and gets the thumbs up and we get him on the practice field."

Jenkins is currently on the physically unable to perform list. If Jenkins is still on the PUP list when NFL teams cut down to the 53-man roster, he will miss the first six weeks of the 2012 season.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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