Corner back Mike Jenkins and tackle Tyron Smith were injured in Wednesday morning’s practice session. The practice was in full pads, but with only light hitting. Both players went down with knee injuries. And both players were scheduled for MRI’s Wednesday afternoon. Those results have not yet been shared with the public.
But rumor is that they both have hyper-extended knees. Recovery time for those kinds of injuries is usually 2-4 weeks. Both players are currently being listed as day-to-day.
Jenkins was just returning from a stinger that kept him sidelined most of the pre-season and training camp. With the fact he has still been unable to participate in a full practice yet, his chances of playing in just four days are slim. If Jenkins can not play, expect Orlando Scandrick and Alan Ball to be your starting corner backs against the Jets. 2nd year player Bryan McCann would back them up.
Smith was selected in the first round of this years’ draft by the Cowboys. If he is unable to play, unproven tackle Jermey Parnell will take his place on the O-line. Parnell only played one year of college ball, and that was on the defensive line. I bet Jerry Jones is re-thinking the release of Sam Young right about now.
Head Coach Jason Garrett said both players will be evaluated for the next days to determine their status in this Sunday’s game against the Jets. But he also said he expects other players to step up.
“The league is about opportunity” said Coach Garrett during Wednesday’s press conference. “I think we have a number of guys on our roster…examples of guys who got opportunities to play when somebody else got hurt.”
Not very reassuring words about the possible status of either player. But I genuinely believe Coach Garrett just didn’t know anything of substance about the injuries at the time. But the way he addressed those injuries are all part of the new philosophy at Valley Ranch. “Make the most of your opportunities“. Let’s hope someone steps up to that challenge. Because if these two are out, then we’re going to need it!