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
”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
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
”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
”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
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
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.”