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June 06, 2012

Cowboys expect Mike Jenkins at mandatory minicamp next week

While No. 21 was still missing from the Cowboys' voluntary OTA practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch, the Cowboys expect cornerback Mike Jenkins to report next week for the mandatory minicamp.

"He will be here," Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick said.

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he has talked to Jenkins on the phone.

"I called Mike. I like Mike, a hard working kid. He's got great talent," Ryan said. "You've got his number? You call him, too. I think together, we can get him here."

Jenkins, who has been in Florida rehabbing a shoulder injury, requested a trade after the Cowboys signed free-agent Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said last week he has no plans to trade Jenkins.

"We anticipate seeing him back here next week," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He's not missing any on-the-field work by being in Florida. He's getting his rehab done down there. Certainly we want our players around in meetings, understanding the new things we're putting in, going over some of the old things from last year; we think that's a missed opportunity for him."

Jenkins hasn't spoken publicly since his reported trade request. He is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

"I think everyone's situation is different," Ryan said. "I'm not going to farm his land. I don't do all of that crap. But would we like to see him out here? Hell yeah. He's coming off an injury. It's always best to be around the team that has you, so our training staff is up to speed with him. So we're up to speed with him ... he's missing out on a lot."

Jenkins is not expeted to be healthy enough to practice until training camp.

-- Brent Shirley



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