Cullen Jenkins was looking forward to getting the opportunity to face off against his former team this week in the Philadelphia Eagles; the same team that cut him just eight months ago. But he's not sure if he will be able to go on Sunday for the New York Giants.
Jenkins has been battling a combination of an Achilles and knee injuries and while he's been dealing with the nagging pain through the week which has held him out of practice, he wouldn't rule himself out for the game, as he told Conor Orr of the Newark-Star Ledger this week at practice.
"No. Right now I just look at it as day by day. I look at it is you get through tomorrow, you be ready to get through Saturday," Jenkins said. "You can’t even worry about the games until you get cleared for them. You take it day by day, just try to improve it each day and just see where you’re at."
Jenkins said that he sees Friday's practice as a "make or break" day for him to see how his knee and Achilles felt, which would give him a better determination if he can go for the Giants, as they look to get their first win of the season on Sunday.
"Yeah. Right now you can’t rule it out, there’s still hope," he said. "As I said, tomorrow will be a big day for us to get out there, see how it feels, try to add a little more into the workload and see how it responds and see if I have any setbacks afterwards."
If Jenkins can't go, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is considering using Johnathan Hankins, who has yet to be active for the team in 2013, but could finally get his long awaited opportunity to show the league how much of an impact he can make in the middle of the defensive line that has barely gotten a push, much less a decent pass rush.
Through the first four games of the season, Jenkins has six total tackles with one forced fumble.
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