METAIRIE, La. -- New Orleans Saints defensive tackle John Jenkins has been sidelined throughout offseason practices because of a pectoral injury, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The report said he had minor pectoral surgery, according to a source, and that he will be ready for training camp or sooner.
Saints coach Sean Payton has declined to reveal the specific nature of Jenkins’ injury, saying he doesn't want to get into any injury specifics at this stage of the offseason.
When asked for a timetable on Jenkins' recovery, he said all injuries will be monitored every few days by the training staff.
Jenkins was one of six players who did not practice Tuesday during the Saints' first day of minicamp because of apparent injuries. The others were safety Jairus Byrd (back), receiver Joe Morgan (knee), receiver Andy Tanner (undisclosed), outside linebacker Cheta Ozougwu (undisclosed) and nose tackle Moses McCray (undisclosed).
And as expected, neither tight end Jimmy Graham nor receiver Brandin Cooks was in attendance Tuesday. Graham remains unsigned, while Cooks is not allowed to participate until after his school, Oregon State, finishes with final exams. Cooks is expected to return for the final week of OTAs next week.