Only three days ago Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Mike Jenkins told ESPN that his injured right shoulder was feeling ‘better and better every day’ and that an appearance by him in the team’s season opener against the New York Giants was still a possibility. Today, however, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting that appearance is highly unlikely. Jenkins is not scheduled to have a follow-up visit with the doctor who performed his shoulder surgery until a mere couple of days before the September 5th game at MetLife Stadium. Even if given the go-ahead by his doctor, a couple of days is not enough time for a player, who has not stepped foot on a field since the end of last season, to prep.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Jenkins said. “When I saw the doctor (on August 5th), he said four weeks. So I’ve got to go back to the doctor and see what he says. But I’ll be 100 percent when I get back.”
When he does get back, it will almost definitely be in a Dallas Cowboys’ uniform. Despite Jenkins being extremely vocal about wanting to be traded from the Cowboys, news of his inability to play in the first game of the season has significantly hurt any and all possibilities of that happening. While teams understand the need to be deep at cornerback these days, due to his lengthy recovery time, it is unlikely any team will be willing to take a chance on a player when the status of his health and abilities remain a question. The Cowboys didn’t want to get rid of him in the first place and now it looks as though they don’t need to worry about any team coming to call on him.