The Cowboys are finally going to get cornerback Mike Jenkins back on the field this weekend, giving them one of the highest-profile dime backs in the league.
Jenkins has been out since shoulder surgery in January, but returned to practice this week.
But the Cowboys spent $50.1 million on free agent Brandon Carr and a first-round draft pick on Morris Claiborne, giving them time to wait for Jenkins to get well. Orlando Scandrick is established as their nickel.
“He’s done a good job,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said, via Charean Williams for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “As you guys know, he hasn’t practiced much through training camp, so he’s been practicing the last four or five practices, and that’s always a concern for you as a coach. Everyone feels so much further ahead than him.
“But he’s a veteran player. He’s worked very hard to come back from his injury and he looks like he’s getting acclimated to playing football again. He’s had a few good practices in a row, so hopefully there’s a role for him this week.”
That leaves Jenkins and his 46 career starts coming off the bench.