CB Jenkins joins Cowboys teammates for minicamp

Mike Jenkins has finally rejoined his Dallas Cowboys teammates.

The disgruntled and injured cornerback still hasn’t practiced.

After skipping voluntary workouts while rehabilitating from

shoulder surgery, and after the Cowboys added two prominent

cornerbacks this offseason, Jenkins was at Valley Ranch on Tuesday

for the start of a mandatory veteran minicamp. He ran a few sprints

and watched a few plays but remained sidelined because of his

shoulder.

”It is good to have him out here, and our guys got a chance to

check out how he has been rehabbing,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

said. ”So all of that was good.”

Jenkins, who is going into the final year of his contract,

reportedly asked to be traded after the Cowboys signed free agent

Brandon Carr to a $50 million, five-year deal and then used the

sixth overall draft pick to get LSU All-American cornerback Morris

Claiborne.

Jones has repeatedly said, and did so again Tuesday, that the

Cowboys have no plans to trade Jenkins. The fifth-year cornerback,

drafted 25th overall in 2008, started 12 games last season and

missed four with a hamstring injury.

The Cowboys owner said he had a ”very cordial” conversation

with Jenkins.

”I talked a lot about our coming year and how we’ve really

bolstered up our secondary and how being a part of that can be

something special,” Jones said. ”We’ve got a great situation here

and we’re going to be really able to maximize the use of the talent

we got here at cornerback. … I asked him how he was feeling, what

he weighed and that type of thing.”

Jenkins came into the locker room twice when it was open to

reporters after the team’s two-hour practice. He declined to talk

with reporters.

”I think Mike understands that’s there’s a time for business

and there’s a time to play,” said quarterback Tony Romo, who spoke

to Jenkins in the training room. ”He’s got to do what he thinks is

right, but at the same token he understands that he’s part of the

team. I expect Mike to have a great season. He’s been a great

player for us and I’m excited about having him back.”

Coach Jason Garrett said spoke with Jenkins several times this

offseason, and like other team officials had encouraged the

cornerback to take part in the voluntary offseason session. Garrett

said they had a good visit Tuesday.

”Now that he is back, he is here, we don’t see that as a big

deal,” Garrett said. ”We will try to coach him as best we can in

the rehab phase. … He has a role on our football team. He is part

of our team. He had done good things for team the past few years.

We anticipate him getting back and be part of what we are doing

this year.”

Garrett said Jenkins is making progress, though it was still too

early to know if the cornerback would be ready when the Cowboys

report to training camp in California at the end of July.

Jones anticipates Jenkins having the right attitude and being a

key contributor for the Cowboys.

”I’ve never seen Mike Jenkins not compete. . He’s a guy that’s

a competitor,” Jones said. ”All the incentives are here for him

to come in and have a big year. There is no rationale to have at

all not to have a big year. He needs to get well and rehab, but

he’s aligned right with everything that I’m aligned with and the

Cowboys are aligned with: get in here, have a big year, play with a

great bunch, this secondary, his corners, distinguish

themselves.”

Notes: Backup QB Kyle Orton was held out as a precaution because

of what Garrett described as a tweaked hamstring. … LB Bruce

Carter came out of practice because of an apparent hamstring issue.

… TE Jason Witten missed morning meetings while serving jury duty

but was on the field for practice after the case was settled. ”It

went longer than we thought, but it was a good experience,” said

Witten, who has earned a new nickname from teammates – ”The

Judge.” … Jones will appear in an upcoming episode of

”Dallas,” the resurrected TV show that debuts this week. The

scene was shot in a suite at Cowboys Stadium. ”I’ve always been a

big fan and was a big fan, when I first got to Dallas, of J.R., so

all of that fit well. I think it’s a good thing for Dallas,” said

Jones, who was then asked about his similarities with the J.R.

Ewing character. ”I think that’s a loaded question. We both have a

cowboy hat on. I know that.”