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August 29, 2012

Mike Jenkins passes his physical, could practice as early as Saturday

Cornerback Mike Jenkins passed his physical Wednesday night. He is off the physically unable to perform list, starting the clock on his three-day waiting period. He could practice as soon as Saturday.

Jenkins had his right shoulder surgically repaired by Dr. James Andrews in January. He was scheduled to travel to Florida on Thursday to meet with Andrews, but the trip now is unnecessary since his shoulder obviously has regained strength.

It would seem unlikely Jenkins would play in the season opener against the Giants on Sept. 5, considering he has done nothing football-wise since the 2011 season ended. But the Cowboys have not ruled him out of the first game.

Jenkins, a one-time Pro Bowler, made 22 tackles, with 10 pass breakups and one interception last season while battling through injuries. The Cowboys could have traded Jenkins after signing free agent Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million deal and trading up in the draft to take Morris Claiborne. Instead, Jenkins remains in the Cowboys' plans and provides depth for a secondary that was the worst in team history over a two-season stretch.

-- Charean Williams



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