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September 01, 2011

CB Mike Jenkins says he will play against Jets; Jones concerned about him and the injured Newman


The Cowboys expressed interest on Wednesday about getting some work for cornerback Mike Jenkins in the preseason final.
In the end, they decided against it as they continued to be cautious with a stinger injury that has bothered him since the second week of training camp.
Jenkins, who has now missed the entire preseason, says wanted to play against the Dolphins but guarantees he will be good to go for the season opener against the Jets. 
"I'm good," Jenkins said. "We are just waiting on next week. Everything is good."
Jenkins admitted being frustrated with the whole process. As what he thought was going to be a day to day injury turned into one that sidelined him the entire preseason.
He acknowledges that his conditioning might be at its best for the season opener but he says he will be ready to go mentally and physically.
"I'm coming in focused and ready to go," Jenkins said. "The only thing I would say is condition wise, I might not be at my best. You don't get that game conditioning until you actually go out there. But physically and mentally I'm ready to be out there."
While Jenkins says he will be fine, owner Jerry Jones admits concern about his starting cornerbacks.
Neither Jenkins nor Newman played in preseason. Newman has been sidelined with a strained groin.
He is expected be ready for the season opener.
But like Jenkins will be rusty from a lack of action.
Jones said the only thing that makes him feel better about the situation is the outstanding play of nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who the Cowboys consider a third starter.
 "It is a concern," Jones said. "It is a big concern. It bothers me. If it weren’t for Scandrick’s outstanding camp and his outstanding, and I mean this, outstanding. I don’t know a player I’ve heard more accolades from his defensive coordinator than Scandrick. And so he’s been a highlight.
"Y’all remember two short years ago it was between him and Jenkins for the starter. And so he has really stepped it up and so that’s good. And Alan Ball has stepped it up. The emergence of Ball. You have a tendency to forget about him a little bit when he’s over there at safety all year long, but one of the reasons we thought he would make an idea safety was because he was such a good in coverage corner with a lot of size or at least height, which is unique. So Ball’s emergence as well as Scandrick has mitigated some of the disappointment of not having Jenkins and not having Terence."


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It's amazing that Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins were too hurt to participate in any pre-season game and now..all of a sudden both will be ready to go in the first regular season game. Those two guys and this defense as a whole will struggle big time.That defense has not looked good at all this pre-season. It will take Newman and Jenkins the first three, four weeks before they get their legs under them. I predict the minute Newman gives up a couple of touchdown passes HE will limp to the sideline with an injury to his groin or hamstring...lol....He has always done this..

Newman has probaly missed an entire season or more in his career with strained groins and hamstrings. Hope he or the training staff gets a grip on that before the twilight of his career comes. Oh, wait! Never mind. Newman must love the whirlpools in the training room cuz he sure spends enough time there. Thats probably where he'll be sitting when he makes his retirement speech at the end of this season, if he makes it that far.

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