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May 20, 2012

Cowboys "hopeful" Mike Jenkins will show up for OTAs

The Cowboys begin organized team activities Tuesday. The workouts are voluntary, but the Cowboys would love it if cornerback Mike Jenkins showed up to be with his teammates at Valley Ranch.

"We're certainly hopeful of that," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said.

Garrett said he has no idea whether Jenkins will participate.

Jenkins has been rehabbing from right shoulder surgery at his home in Florida, having avoided the team’s off-season workouts at Valley Ranch. The front office has questioned Jenkins’ absence, saying he needs to return to work.

Jenkins, who enters the final year of his contract, became trade bait after the Cowboys signed free agent Brandon Carr and drafted LSU’s Morris Claiborne. But owner Jerry Jones said recently that Jenkins is a “vital part” of the team’s 2012 plans.

Jenkins is not expected to be healthy enough to practice until training camp, but the team would rather he rehab at Valley Ranch.

He was the team's best cornerback last season despite an injury-plagued season. Jenkins made 22 tackles and had an interception and 10 pass breakups.

-- Charean Williams

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