Jenkins likely to start camp on PUP list
IRVING, Texas — Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday that cornerback Mike Jenkins would likely start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Jones provided that information after saying that Jenkins, offensive guard Mackenzy Bernadeau and wide receiver Danny Coale would all be questionable for the start of camp, which begins on July 30 in Oxnard, Calif.
Jenkins, who did not attend voluntary workouts at Valley Ranch last month, has been sidelined during the mandatory minicamp after having offseason shoulder surgery.
"Jenkins, more than likely, will start out on PUP," Jones said.
Jones then explained that Jenkins was not in the same situation that Bruce Carter was a year ago. Carter opened the season on the PUP list, preventing him from playing in the first six games of the season.
Jenkins can begin camp on that list but be active for the start of the season as long as he makes the 53-man roster.
Having Jenkins on that list allows him to continue rehabbing while not costing the Cowboys a roster spot in camp.
"Glad to see him back," Jones said. "Just got to get him healthy and get him going. Obviously, he can be a great help. Any time you've got a guy who has been to the Pro Bowl at corner in our league, you need him. Hopefully he'll get going, get his rehab going, get feeling good and off we'll go."
"We're not going to trade him," Jones added. "Right now, counting Jenkins, we've got four corners that have ever stepped on the field. It's not really smart going with three. You can end up like we were against the Jets with [Bryan] McCann and [Alan] Ball trying to win the game in the fourth quarter. We've done that. That's why we're trying to change."
Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota