To say that Mike Jenkins is banged up is probably an understatement.
Jenkins missed the entire preseason and most of training camp after suffering a stinger. In the week leading up to the Jets’ game, he suffered a knee injury. Then, in the Jets’ game, he not only re-aggravated the stinger on an attempted tackle, but hurt his shoulder after getting ear-holed by Plaxico Burress, as well.
Jenkins left the game, then returned, left and returned, left and returned, and so on, for what seemed like most of the game. The effort drew the attention of head coach Jason Garrett, who lauded Jenkins for his toughness recently.
“If you’re a coach or player on a football team and a guy’s doing that, just putting it on the line, fighting through some things, that’s inspirational,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “It’s really a positive thing for your football team and again we wouldn’t have put him out there if we felt we were endangering or injuring himself any further.
“It’s a guy being a tough football player and I think we have a lot of guys on the team who have those capabilities and they’re growing in their maturity and understanding of the importance of doing those kinds of things and Jenks is no exception to that.”
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