Earlier this month, Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins said he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play in the season opener against the Giants.
There’s still no certainty on that front, but the chances of Jenkins being on the field aren’t looking good. During an interview on KRLD, via ESPNDallas.com, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that he could “conjure” up scenarios where Jenkins is able to play on Sept. 5, but his expectation is that Jenkins won’t be able to play that week.
“I don’t think so,” Jones said. “He’s going to have his situation evaluated by his surgeon and it may be a little late in the preseason for him, but that’d be real interesting. If we had an evaluation on him by this weekend, I’d like to have that problem to mull over. I really would.”
As Jones mentioned, Jenkins still needs to get his shoulder cleared by Dr. James Andrews. He’s expected to make that visit sometime in the next week, which could leave him less than a week to practice and prepare for opening night.
While Jones says that Jenkins is in shape, it wouldn’t be wise to send him into a game without the proper amount of preparation. With 11 days between the Cowboys’ first two games, Jenkins would be able to get that and be ready to play in Week Two without cutting any corners on his way back to the field.