Rookie defensive lineman Shaneil Jenkins -- one of the "finds'' of the Cowboys summer -- may have a "concerning'' knee injury, Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan reports.
A two-year starter at Division II Shepherd, the 6-foot-4, 275 pound Jenkins racked up 23 tackles for a loss and 13.5 sacks but went undrafted. Denver signed him to a rookie free agent contract but waived him, leaving him to be claimed by the Cowboys in Oxnard, where he was quickly given the nickname "Bronco.''
The nickname has stuck -- and Jenkins is probably destined to do the same in Dallas. Two games into the preseason, Jenkins has registered two sacks, a forced fumble and two tackles for a loss.
“He’s come in here on short notice, trying to learn our scheme on the run,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He goes into the game and shows up and makes some plays. He shows up in the run game, shows up affecting the quarterback, approaches it the right way.”
The 2016 Cowboys need defensive play-making help, and Jenkins has come from nowhere to provide some of that this preseason. He entered the week that Dallas heads to Seattle on Thursday to play the Seahawks listed as trying to work through a hamstring problem ... but that might be the least of his concerns right now as the Dallas medical staff likely continues to examine the severity of his knee issue.