Team Considering Playing Jenkins Thurs.

The Cowboys aren't expected to play their starters at all in Thursday's preseason finale at Miami, but if those players haven't gotten any action in the exhibition season, exceptions could be made.

While Terence Newman won't be healthy in time for the game, there's a chance that fellow starting cornerback Mike Jenkins will, and if so, the Cowboys might want to get a look at him.

"We would like to," Jason Garrett said. "But we just have to see how he does. He's been practicing fairly well, without having any contact, here the last few days, and he's done a nice job practicing close to full speed and then not putting himself in a position where he's going to reinjure that thing."

Jenkins suffered a neck stinger on Aug. 1 and only returned to team drills last week.

"We'll see how he does the next few days," Garrett said. "But he's making progress even not playing full-contact football right now."

Garrett said the team and its medical staff are still in the process of clearing Jenkins for contact work. He was given the green light to practice at full speed, but with the directive not to be involved in collisions and to stay off the ground.

In the time Jenkins and Newman have been out, Orlando Scandrick and Alan Ball have filled in as the starters. Scandrick in particular has impressed the Cowboys so much that he's proven worthy of consideration for a starting job, and last week received starter money in a contract extension, $25 million over the next five seasons.

However, the Cowboys aren't giving any indication that Scandrick will overtake Newman or Jenkins at the present time.

"Orlando's certainly done an oustanding job in the role that he's had in the past for us," Garrett said. "And then he's done an outstanding job taking advantage of this opportunity to play in the absence of Newman and Jenkins. I think he's proven to a lot of people that he can be an outside corner ... We like our corners. We like the starting corners that we have. We like Orlando's role, and we like the young guys who are creating competition as well."

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