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July 30, 2012

Mike Jenkins says he didn't ask for a trade, is ready to compete 'wherever I'm at'

Mike Jenkins says he didn’t ask for a trade.

At least it didn’t come from his mouth.

“As long as it hasn’t come from my mouth, I don’t understand how a lot of people come up with a lot of things,” he said Monday after the morning walk-through on the first day of Cowboys camp in Oxnard. “But that’s not my job. My focus right now is to get better and help the team out.”

The veteran Cowboys cornerback is not cleared to practice yet, still recovering from shoulder surgery. But he said when he comes back, it will be to play the best he can – whether it’s with the Cowboys or with another team next year.

“Like I said, this is a business,” he said. “Wherever I end up, I’m just ready to play and help that team out. I don’t know if it’s here. If it’s anywhere else, I just have to go with it. I’m not really worried about that right now. The only thing I am worried about right now is to get myself healthy. Like I said, wherever I am at, I’m just ready to help out.”

Jenkins said he remembers when he was drafted, he was in the same situation from the other side – brought in to push a veteran at his spot.

“At the end of the day, it made me better,” he said. “I went to the Pro Bowl and had a couple of good years. I feel like it’s going to be the same way. If I am here, I have to push a lot of people. All I can do is try to help them get better. Like I said, I understand it’s a business. I don’t know how the situation is going to turn out, but however it is, I’m going to stay on the positive side.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez

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