So far, Dallas Cowboys training camp has been marred by injuries and the latest news is not going to help ease the team’s woes. Cornerback Mike Jenkins visited famed doctor James Andrews in Florida on Monday and the results were not good. Jenkins has not been cleared for contact and Andrews said the shoulder needs more time to heal.
Jenkins began the off-season by having surgery on his shoulder and stayed away from the Cowboys facility to rehab on his own. It’s also been reported that Jenkins will not practice in training camp.
This is not the news the Cowboys were hoping for. Despite signing Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne, Dallas doesn’t have a ton of depth at cornerback. Throw in Orlando Scandrick and that ends the list of Cowboys corners who have played meaningful snaps in an NFL regular season game. Now you know why Claiborne needs to get healthy, and fast.
Dallas does like a few of the younger cornerbacks on the roster, but Mario Butler has no game experience and Lionel Smith is a rookie still finding his way.
At this point the Cowboys have to be hoping for Jenkins to be healthy enough to suit up against the New York Giants in the opener on September 5th. Even if Jenkins does play, how effective could he be without any game action in over nine months? The team does say that Jenkins can run and is in good shape but being in football condition is much different than being in good physical condition.
All the Cowboys can do is wait and see how Jenkins’ health improves over the next few weeks. And hope he is ready to go by September 5th.