Cowboy fans can breathe a slight sigh of relief as corner back Mike Jenkins returned to practice today after suffering a knee injury on Wednesday. Concerns about Jenkins’ health compounded yesterday as he had missed much of the preseason due to a neck stinger.
Although Head Coach Jason Garrett seemed optimistic about his knee injury, rookie tackle Tyron Smith was sidelined and regulated to simply watching today’s practice. Coach Garrett said Smith had responded well to treatment and he will be evaluated from day to day.
Coach Garrett also hasn’t given up on the idea that Terence Newman might return in time to play Sunday night against the New York Jets.
“Yeah, it looks like he’s moving around a little bit better….We’ll have to see how he responses to the work he did today. And just see how he feels tomorrow morning. And then we’ll continue to evaluate it, really, up until game time.” responded Coach Garrett when he was asked about Newman in his daily press conference today.
Newman suffered a groin injury early in training camp. He re-aggravated a similar injury last season when he came back too soon, so the Cowboys are being very careful with Newman and not rushing him to return.
If Newman and Jenkins can play in this weekend’s game, it changes the dynamic of our defense drastically. I’m not sold on Newman returning, but Jenkins and Smith both seem likely to play. That’s good news as Dallas was already facing an uphill battle against the multi-talented New York Jets.