Like most key members of the Dallas Cowboys these days, cornerback Mike Jenkins is hurting. Jenkins missed most of training camp and the entire preseason after suffering a stinger, but played in the season opener in New York--a game in which he suffered not only a shoulder injury, but a hyperextended knee as well.
Jenkins will be ready for Sunday’s home opener against the Redskins, but he has a long road ahead, as far as his injuries are concerned.
"My whole body hurts," Jenkins said. "Feels like I'm still in [training] camp. I'm pushing and I'm getting better day-by-day."
Jenkins may finally be joined by fellow starter Terence Newman on the field Sunday. Newman declared Monday, via Twitter, that he would finally return from a groin injury that has kept him on the sidelines since August 3. In Newman’s absence, Dallas has looked to backups like Alan Ball, Bryan McCann and the recently signed Frank Walker for cornerback help.
Compounding the issues in the secondary, Orlando Scandrick will miss another two weeks with a high ankle sprain suffered in week one. But dinged up or not, Jenkins believes the unit will be alright.
"It's going to be a challenge," Jenkins said. "I'm pretty sure we'll work through it. A lot of guys on this team that push us, they're backups on the starters' tail. That's what keeps us going. There are no slackers on this team. If anybody can't go, we have someone next to us."
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