The Dallas Cowboys had hoped Mike Jenkins would be able to play in Thursday night’s preseason finale in Miami, but that didn’t happen. Jenkins, who missed the entire preseason with a stinger, remained sidelined on Thursday, along with fellow starter Terence Newman.
But a little over a week prior to the regular season opener, the team remains hopeful that both will be ready for the Jets on September 11. Even without seeing any contact since suffering the injury early in training camp, Jenkins, at least, believes he will be ready.
"It's football," Jenkins said, per ESPN Dallas. "You're never going to be right until you think its ready. Part of it is mental. I'm mentally ready to get back out there. Physically I haven't made any contact yet. I guess when the time [comes] that's when they're waiting on."
Jenkins is treading cautiously with the injury which, he says, is the first neck injury of his career.
"Just going through the physicals...it's frustrating," he said. "It's one of these injuries where you don't want to mess around with anything on your neck. So that's my first time having a stinger. I was a little frustrated coming out because I never did anything like that. I had sprained ankles but never had a stinger, so I didn't know what to expect."
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