Jenkins Returnd; Still Rehabbing Shoulder

IRVING, Texas - Mandatory attendance usually gets everyone in the building.

And despite missing the last three weeks of OTAs, cornerback Mike Jenkins is no exception.

Jenkins showed up to Valley Ranch Tuesday morning for the start of a mandatory three-day minicamp. But he isn't expected to practice, still rehabbing from shoulder surgery after the season.

For the last two weeks, head coach Jason Garrett, owner Jerry Jones and even some of his teammates such as Orlando Scandrick have all said Jenkins would be here this week. So it's not a big surprise the fifth-year cornerback will be around for this week. With the minicamp being mandatory, any player not in attendance would be subject to a $10,000 daily fine.

Most of the players arrived at Valley Ranch Monday to take physicals and pictures and videos for the media guide and video board at Cowboys Stadium. Jenkins was not here for that, but did make it in time for the 8:15 a.m. team meeting at Valley Ranch.

For most of the offseason, Jenkins has been in Florida, where he supposedly has been rehabbing the shoulder injury that plagued at different times last year.

The cornerback has been quiet this offseason through the media, but reports from his agent and people close to him have suggested Jenkins is unhappy with his overall status. Not only is he entering the final year of his original five-year contract, but it might be harder to get the big bucks next year in free agency if his role has been diminished. And with the Cowboys signing Brandon Carr in free agency to a five-year, $50.1 million deal, and then trading up to land LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick, it appears the Cowboys will have their two starts in place next season.

However, Jones and Garrett have insisted there are no plans to trade Jenkins and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said last week Jenkins will likely compete with Orlando Scandrick for reps as the slot corner in the nickel defense.

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