Cowboys’ Jenkins cleared, comes off PUP list


The Dallas Cowboys don’t expect cornerback Mike Jenkins to play in next Wednesday night’s NFL opener against the New York Giants. But the fact that Jenkins will be available to play at all counts as progress. Jenkins underwent significant offseason shoulder surgery and, to this point, has not participated in training camp.

Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Jenkins has received medical clearance to resume football activities. Jenkins’ right shoulder has “obviously regained strength,” according to Williams, and he’s eligible to practice beginning on Saturday. Jenkins has been activated from the physically unable to perform list.

The Cowboys all along vowed not to trade Jenkins despite a flurry of draft-day rumors and reports. They could revisit the idea now that Jenkins’ health is returned, although it seems more likely that he’ll slot in as a dime back behind Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick.

A Dallas secondary that was among the league’s most criticized last year suddenly looks to be among the NFL’s deepest entering this season.

6 responses to “Cowboys’ Jenkins cleared, comes off PUP list

  1. Vontae actually is a good near great corner. Mike Jenkins is barely a starter, probly warrants no better than a fourth rounder. Especially since he is in the last year of his contract.

  2. Jenkins hasn’t practiced at all since last season. He can’t possibly help them in the Giants opener but could help provide depth later this season.
    Have to see how that shoulder holds up to contact…..if Jenkins actually tackles someone that is.

  3. @nohopeleft,

    Easy there, Orville. Did you happen to see Eli and the rest of the first team last night against the two’s of the Patriots? The 4th preseason game where he should have been clicking with his offense. Yet, he picked up one first down in 4 drives. You may want to keep your mouth shut and let the talking be done on the field.

    The defending champs have a lot of pressure on them, and if they have a repeat in 2012 like they did in 2008, it will be one and done in the playoffs. And we all know how similar their SB run was last season to that 2007 season. Lastly, what are you prepared to do or say if the Cowboys go up to NY and return home 1-0? That is the question.

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