The Dallas Cowboys got a visit this week from disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins, who showed up for mandatory minicamp Tuesday. So, that’s something. But, as two sources tell me, all is not well in regard to that situation.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said Wednesday that Jenkins (shoulder) more than likely will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll miss the first six games of the regular season, as the deadline to make that call comes on cut day. But he won’t be participating when it all starts.
Jenkins has requested a trade, and he sat out OTAs. He did show up in minicamp.
As Jones pointed out, however, it’s tough to trade a guy who’s hurt.
“It’s hard, last I checked,” Jones said. “It’s difficult.”
How hurt is Jenkins? And what specifically is the issue with his shoulder? That’s where it gets interesting.
Coach Jason Garrett called Jenkins’ shoulder issue “a little complicated,” but how complicated is the question.
I’m told by a Cowboys source that Jenkins has not communicated with the team regarding his injury. In fact, Jenkins has hardly talked to them. They’d like the dialogue. Yes, he is here being examined by the team’s trainers. But Jenkins’ camp has not shared enough records to satisfy the Cowboys, a team source said. So, it’s not just reporters with whom Jenkins has been silent.
Jenkins has been seeing a specialist for his shoulder, I’m told, visiting with renowned expert Dr. James Andrews. But Jenkins has not passed those findings to the Cowboys, and he hasn’t shared the records. Perhaps he would do so for a team that wanted to trade for him, and maybe this is his way to push for that.
The Cowboys continue to remain in the dark about what’s up with Jenkins’ shoulder. They know he injured it last year, then re-injured it, and is behind in his rehab compared to other guys on the team.
The Cowboys have said publicly that they’ve had productive personal talks with Jenkins, but they clearly would like to know more about his health, and there continues to be a disconnect. They sound like they just want to talk with him.
So, that’s why there is some vagueness regarding Jenkins’ timeline and when he’ll be ready. It’s also why it’s not known if the Cowboys can trade him, because there are health concerns. Ah, the saga continues.
UPDATE: Owner Jerry Jones denied the report on Thursday.