Josh Jenkins update: Star cornerback return undetermined

Army junior star cornerback Josh Jenkins is making progress in his recovery from a head injury suffered earlier this month.

But, Jenkins has a few medical hurdles to clear before playing football again.

Army coach Jeff Monken said his team will begin preseason camp without Jenkins on Monday. Jenkins was injured in a fight with former teammate Seth Combs on Fourth of July weekend.

“As camp approaches, we take it day by day,” Monken said. “Obviously when there’s an injury, we want to make sure that our guys are completely healthy and ready to go and cleared by our training and medical staff to play regardless of what the injury is. Right now, we are not going to start camp with him. I don’t know when he’ll play or if he will play.”

Jenkins, who led Army with four interceptions and two blocked kicks in 2014, took to social media on Friday for the first time since the fight and posted, “It’s been a tough 2015 but there’s nothing like a little comeback story #FallCamp #RememberTheName.”

Monken said Jenkins has been back on campus for more than a week. Jenkins was being treated at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla following the injury.

“He’s doing well,” Monken said. “He has worked his way back into whatever he’s responsible for on a daily basis in terms of the Corps (of Cadets),” Monken said… “Right now, our only concern is making sure that he is completely healthy and back to 100 percent. We are going to focus there and whatever comes after that, we will see.”

The general feeling is that Jenkins will play football again. When? Like Monken said, Army is going to be very careful with Jenkins and not rush him back.

In the meantime, who play boundary cornerback in Jenkins’ place? Monken said senior Chris Carnegie, a three-year starter, could slide over from field cornerback. Returning safeties are also a possibility. Junior safety Tevin Long, a former quarterback, may be a candidate.

“It could be moving Chris Carnegie to where Josh played and putting somebody else at the field corner spot,” Monken said. “It could be moving a safety. We got some freshmen in camp. We certainly want to evaluate those guys and see where they are. I don’t know. We will make a determination as we get going in camp.”

Junior Steven Johnson, who started six games at safety last season, and senior Jared Rogers finished the spring as No. 2 cornerbacks on the depth chart.

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