Dallas Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins is not scheduled to returned to the see Dr. James Andrews for an update on his surgically repaired shoulder until days before the Sept. 5 season opener against the Giants.
Considering he has not practiced at all since the end of last season, that time table makes it unlikely he will be ready to go for the first game even if he is cleared by Andrews.
Jenkins says his shoulder feels good and he is in good shape but doesn’t plan on playing until he gets the go ahead from Andrews.
Even he admits that the opener might be "pushing it" based on when he is scheduled to return to see Dr. Andrews.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Jenkins said. “When I saw the doctor, he said four weeks. So I’ve got to go back to the doctor and see what he says. But I’ll be 100 percent when I get back.”
The four-week time table is based on when Jenkins last visited Andrews on Aug. 5.
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Dallas Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said cornerback Mike Jenkins is progressing well in his rehab from off season shoulder surgery and is hopeful he gets cleared when sees Dr. James Andrews again.
The problem is that Jenkins is not scheduled to see Andrews until the week of the Sept. 5 season opener against the Giants, making it unlikely for him to be available even if he is cleared.
While Garrett said the Cowboys have no firm date on when Jenkins needs to get cleared, there is little chance for him to play in the opener without practicing. Jenkins has missed the entire offseason and training camp and is currently on the physically unable to perform list.
“He needs to be able to practice football before he plays in game one,” Garrett said. “So we understand the challenge he has coming back, having missed all the offseason and all of training camp. And we will treat his circumstance very individual and very specifically. But we believe in practice. Football is really challenging at this level. You can go out there and play if you haven’t prepared the right way. We have no drop dead date in particular but we understand he has practice before he is ready to play. We wouldn’t put him out there unless he was ready.”