By Mike Fisher, 105.3 The Fan | CBSDFW.COM

ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) – Mike Jenkins’ return to action for the Dallas Cowboys was supposed to include a Thursday trip to Florida in order to get medical clearance from Dr. James Andrews.

Instead, sources tell 105.3 The Fan, the former cornerback starter spent Wednesday following a different path: Up and down the stairsteps at Cowboys Stadium and in and out of a check-up in North Texas that he and his surgically repaired right shoulder passed – freeing him to return to the practice field this week.

First must come the CBA-mandated three-day waiting period … and then quite possibly can come Jenkins’ participation in next Wednesday’s Cowboys-at-Giants NFL season-opener.

Jenkins’ change in travel plans may involve Tropical Storm Isaac, which is causing problems throughout the Gulf Coast. Or it may simply be a change of heart, with Jenkins – who reportedly spent part of the offseason wishing to be traded from a Dallas team that acquired new starting corners in top rookie Mo Claiborne and pricy free agent Brandon Carr – re-investing himself with his team.

Jenkins was examined by Dr. Andrews earlier this month and did not get clearance. But at this point, it seems the consideration of the PUP list (which would mean a six-week sitting-out stint) is lessened. And quite possibly the challenges for Jenkins – who hasn’t played full-speed football since the end of last season – are more about conditioning and mental readiness than they are about that troublesome shoulder.

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