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August 23, 2012

Garrett said Jenkins won't play without practicing, putting more doubt on his availability for the opener

 

Coach Jason Garrett said cornerback Mike Jenkins is progressing well in his rehab from off season shoulder surgery and is hopeful he gets cleared when sees Dr. James Andrews again.

The problem is that Jenkins is not scheduled to see Andrews until the week of the Sept. 5 season opener against the Giants, making it unlikely for him to be available even if he is cleared.

While Garrett said the Cowboys have no firm date on when Jenkins needs to get cleared, there is little chance for him to play in the opener without practicing. Jenkins has missed the entire offseason and training camp and is currently on the physically unable to perform list.

“He needs to be able to practice football before he plays in game one,” Garrett said. “So we understand the challenge he has coming back, having missed all the offseason and all of training camp. And we will treat his circumstance very individual and very specifically. But we believe in practice. Football is really challenging at this level. You can go out there and play if you haven’t prepared the right way. We have no drop dead date in particular but we understand he has practice before he is ready to play. We wouldn’t put him out there unless he was ready.”

 Clarence Hill

 

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