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Top cornerback prospect Claiborne needs wrist surgery


Morris Claiborne of LSU is the consensus top cornerback in the 2012 draft. An unexpected medical issue may give some teams pause about drafting him in the top five.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Claiborne revealed after the Tigers’ Thursday Pro Day that he will undergo wrist surgery on Friday. The procedure will repair a torn ligament in Claiborne’s left wrist.

He suffered the injury in LSU’s 9-6 regular-season overtime win against Alabama, but played through torn ligament the rest of the way. Claiborne had an interception against the Crimson Tide, and two more in the Tigers’ final five games.

Assuming the surgery isn’t serious, we ultimately wouldn’t expect Claiborne’s draft stock to be affected. Claiborne was the No. 4 overall pick in PFT’s first 2012 mock draft.

In other Claiborne news, he ran a 4.39 at LSU’s Pro Day, which was a big improvement on his 4.50 from last month’s Scouting Combine.

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28 Responses to “Top cornerback prospect Claiborne needs wrist surgery”
  1. bovice23 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:34 PM

    An injured player? Something tells me the Vikings just got very interested.

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    If he’s injured, the Vikings are even more interested in him.

  3. skoobyfl says: Mar 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    Please fall to Buffalo, we need him.

  4. hdmoyer says: Mar 22, 2012 4:38 PM

    Speaking of the draft…what happened to your mock that PFT just had posted that everyone laughed at?

    RG3 before Luck…April fools isn’t for another 10 days guys!

  5. yungbull2012 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:40 PM

    Who cares about the surgery…he ran a 4.39??!!!

  6. handsofglue says: Mar 22, 2012 4:44 PM

    Vikes fan here… we need him! injured or not… we have been getting smoked my passing teams for years!!

  7. dolphindad says: Mar 22, 2012 4:44 PM

    who cares about his wrist. he isn’t going to catch the ball. just needs to get a paw up there to break up passes.

  8. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:47 PM

    If anyone actually thinks the Vikings are legitimately interested in Morris Claiborne other than milking the Browns for an extra pick, then you’re an idiot.

  9. philsgoodman says: Mar 22, 2012 4:48 PM

    “which was a big improvement on his 4.50 from last month’s Scouting Combine”

    Yeah, what a shocker… these players all suddenly run way better when they have one of their own guys hitting the stop-watch. Why bother reporting these bogus 40 times? The combine time is the official time.

  10. rolltide510 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:51 PM

    Don’t worry skoobyfl, the defensive linemen the Bills picked up this offseason are going to make your cornerbacks look like all-pros.

  11. rocketdogsports says: Mar 22, 2012 4:53 PM

    The Browns would take him with two broken wrists. He makes their defense a top ten.

  12. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 22, 2012 4:57 PM

    Vikings will definitely be picking up this now, ever since they took Adrian Petersen with a bad collar bone we can’t get enough injured players.

    At least Merril Hoge is still a moron.

  13. bluvayner says: Mar 22, 2012 4:57 PM

    That’s bad news! A bum wrist doesn’t sound like much, but in today’s NFL, if a cornerback can’t effectively jam a receiver, he’s toast.

  14. drybass says: Mar 22, 2012 4:59 PM

    Is he going to promote his crappy mock draft on every story until the draft?

  15. lgbarn says: Mar 22, 2012 5:00 PM

    He’s a cornerback, a wrist will not hurt his draft stock. Now if he had foot problems, then I would be worried about him.

  16. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 22, 2012 5:14 PM

    His guidance counselor warned him of the possible effects of overactive imagination.

  17. korikill says: Mar 22, 2012 5:25 PM

    depends which ligament. There are many, but a few are really important and do not handle repair well. you then end up with a wrist full of metal and you can’t jam anyone like that.

  18. mikemcdorman says: Mar 22, 2012 5:43 PM

    The Browns would take him with two broken wrists. He makes their defense a top ten.


    Browns D is already top 10.

  19. barroomhero80 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:44 PM

    vikings haters….. he’d still be a huge uprgrade than what we got….chumps

  20. nfl1818 says: Mar 22, 2012 5:53 PM

    Hellooo! – It’s March – why now ?

  21. vike4life says: Mar 22, 2012 5:54 PM

    Nothing wrong with his legs then he can play. Most DBs can’t catch anyways, thats why they are on defense!

  22. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 5:58 PM

    Messed up wrists do not end careers at corner. Messed up hands got them there in this first place. If you need a DB and pass on him because of a wrist, you are probably related to Jeff Ireland.

  23. td40 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:22 PM

    mikemcdorman says:
    Mar 22, 2012 5:43 PM

    The Browns would take him with two broken wrists. He makes their defense a top ten.


    In 2011: 2nd ranked D in the league against the pass, 5th ranked D in points allowed per game, 10th ranked in the league in yards allowed per game.

    I guess Claiborne must have taken a time machine back to last year.

  24. mobuccsfan says: Mar 22, 2012 6:32 PM

    Seen a lot of Mocks saying the Buccaneers draft this kid…I’d be happy trading back a few spots and getting Kirkpatrick or Richardson…just think that Kirkpatrick could be better long-term but not worth the fifth round pick/designation. I’m probably the only one that thinks that though.

  25. ugk612 says: Mar 22, 2012 6:59 PM

    The Vikings really should draft this young man.

  26. GO BROWNS! says: Mar 22, 2012 7:16 PM

    Richardson’s knee, Tannehill’s foot or Claiborne’s wrist ……. Holmgren’s tummy tuck, Heckert’s bypass surgery and Lerner’s lobotomy….

  27. Jason Sheroan says: Mar 22, 2012 7:32 PM

    “Mr. Claiborne, I’m afraid I have some good and bad news. There were some complications, and we had to amputate the hand. But as Luck would have it, the Browns just gave up their entire draft plus next years first rounder, to own the #1 pick in the 2012 draft!”

    So you’re telling me I just lost my hand and I’m gonna be the #1 pick in the draft!!!?? What’s the bad news then? I’m ’bout ta git PAID up in herr!

    “I apologize Mr. Claiborne, I got a little ahead of myself. Did I mention I was born and raised in Indianapolis?”

  28. hauts81 says: Mar 22, 2012 10:55 PM

    the college season’s been over for more than two months. why is this just being diagnosed and fixed now?

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