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Morris Claiborne out at least a week with sprained MCL

Morris Claiborne AP

The Cowboys got good news and bad news from first-round cornerback Morris Claiborne’s MRI today.

The good news is that Claiborne doesn’t have any kind of serious structural damage in his knee that could affect him into the regular season. The bad news is that he does have a sprained MCL and will miss at least a week.

I’m disappointed and angry because I missed a lot of reps in the past,” Claiborne told the Star-Telegram. “I can’t have those reps back. I can’t get the reps that I need. It’s a minor setback. I was worried at first. I’m not going to beat myself up over it.”

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said that he’s concerned about Claiborne missing time, but he’s confident that Claiborne will keep learning from the sideline.

“Well, we want our players out there practicing,” Garrett said. “And we certainly want our rookie players out there practicing because they have the most ground to catch up. But as we’ve talked before, Morris is a smart football player. He understands things intellectually and he is able to carry the information from the meeting room to the field. He is going to stay engaged like the other guys who have been injured, stay engaged with the installation, with what is going on in terms of the coaching on the field, and we will get him back when he is healthy.”

So Garrett isn’t worried about Claiborne being mentally ready to start the season on September 5. And despite this setback, Claiborne should be physically ready as well.

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21 Responses to “Morris Claiborne out at least a week with sprained MCL”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 4, 2012 5:45 PM

    Meanwhile, Pierre Garcon is faster than ever.

  2. lamontjoe says: Aug 4, 2012 5:56 PM

    Already missing and he’s not stressing about it. Sounds like he is not too mad about missing time, not good worth ethic. Great athletes would be pissed off about missing the learning curb. Oh Jerry, another wasted pick.

  3. kilo0986 says: Aug 4, 2012 5:58 PM

    Not good for someone who was already getting lit up by most the wr’s in camp

  4. dirtydrynn27 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:02 PM

    Toast Claiborne???? Pretty good chance He might be just that……Victor Cruz,Pierre Garcon,Desean Jackson and the rest of the NFC east receivers are licking their chops!!!

  5. mnajb says: Aug 4, 2012 6:13 PM

    It’s already starting to seem so laughable that there was a debate about whether the Vikings should take Blackmon, Claiborne, or Kalil in the first round.

  6. olewize1 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:26 PM

    dont get ahead of ur self fellas.. season hasnt started.. still have another great cornerback back there..

  7. cowboys8819 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:40 PM

    Y’all ate such idiots thinking this kid can’t play! He is going to shut you up just wait and see!

  8. idoesthis25 says: Aug 4, 2012 6:44 PM

    Where are all the educated NFL fans? I know we are still out there come on lol

    Claiborne getting burned in practice? Really? Its called practice. He is a rookie and will hopefully get better as time goes on. Reps are crucial to a corner. Reps Reps Reps not so much for the playbook but more so cuz of the level up in competition.

    Rob Ryan, although exotic, lets his corners man up as they wish so scheme wise Claiborne will be fine.

    The only thing thag can hold him back is injuries. Coverage you are born with and this kid has those instincts and as you look around the league there arent that many elite DBs so give this guy some darn time lol..he cant be worse than newman

  9. edhochuli says: Aug 4, 2012 6:49 PM

    “hulkhogansays says:Aug 4, 2012 5:45 PM

    Meanwhile, Pierre Garcon is faster than ever.”

    Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is in Denver…

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 4, 2012 7:07 PM

    It’s discouraging that after three days of practice in camp his knee hurts. How will he hold up to 16 games? I do think he has all the tools to become a very good corner eventually.

  11. everybodyholdsorakpo says: Aug 4, 2012 7:31 PM

    edhochuli says:Aug 4, 2012 6:49 PM

    “hulkhogansays says:Aug 4, 2012 5:45 PM

    Meanwhile, Pierre Garcon is faster than ever.”

    Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is in Denver
    ————————————-
    And Garcon is in Washington. So is a whole new Redskin Offense. Better have as much speed as you can on Defense. A sprained knee will not cut it. For sure

  12. cowboysallday says: Aug 4, 2012 7:38 PM

    So we drafted an injury prone corner to replace an injury prone corner(Jenkins) nice….

  13. kwk69 says: Aug 4, 2012 7:57 PM

    Meanwhile, Pierre Garcon is faster than ever.

    Too bad he plays for such a sh!!tty team!!!!!

  14. danielcp0303 says: Aug 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    Claiborne will end up being a very good cb, but it’ll take some time. People seem to think he’s going to be spectacular his rookie season, which is rarely the case with young corners. As long as he’s able to stay on the field, he’ll make huge strides towards being a shut down corner. Luckily the Cowboys still have Jenkins and Carr in case he’s out for an extended period of time.

  15. jsrdc says: Aug 4, 2012 8:10 PM

    @lamontjoe,
    “Great athletes would be pissed off about missing the learning curb”.

    First of all, it is curve, not curb Einstein. Secondly, did you happen to miss the part of this article where Claiborne said “I am disappointed and (here it is capitalized for you) ANGRY because I missed a lot of reps in the past”?
    Reading is fundamental, and you have thoroughly displayed your lack thereof in your post.

    Does that not fit your description of “pissed off”?

    Any fool on here who thinks Claiborne won’t be good is indicative of you either being a hater, or are jealous your team didn’t draft him. Keep in mind he is a rookie, and he will have his bumps and bruises during his rookie season. he has another month to get up to speed and get healthy, and he won’t disappoint this year, and certainly not in the long run.

    Try again, but seriously, you are going to have to try a HELL of a lot harder than that.

  16. hulkhogansays says: Aug 4, 2012 8:10 PM

    Robert Griffin is better than both Manning brothers in this present day and going forward brother.

  17. jkast808 says: Aug 4, 2012 8:49 PM

    You Redskins fans are hilarious,wait till you see the learning curve your so called savior RG3 will have to navigate. Mo is a rook,he will have plenty of ups and more downs his 1st year,and its a sprain,relax!!! you fake fans should do more research on your respected teams and you will see how many players are banged up right now and always.Football people,its part of the game,you worry when its says out for the season at the end of the title.

    Go Cowboys!!!!!

  18. hulkhogansays says: Aug 4, 2012 9:00 PM

    Sorry RG3 is going to shatter rookie records and headed to Superbowl wins and Canton as a REDSKIN while Dallas and every other NFCE team helplessly looks from a far.

  19. redskinsrt says: Aug 4, 2012 9:13 PM

    That may be the first time anyone has accused Claiborne of understanding anything intellectually.

  20. edhochuli says: Aug 4, 2012 9:33 PM

    “everybodyholdsorakpo says:Aug 4, 2012 7:31 PM

    edhochuli says:Aug 4, 2012 6:49 PM

    “hulkhogansays says:Aug 4, 2012 5:45 PM

    Meanwhile, Pierre Garcon is faster than ever.”

    Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is in Denver
    ————————————-
    And Garcon is in Washington. So is a whole new Redskin Offense. Better have as much speed as you can on Defense. A sprained knee will not cut it. For sure”

    That was meant to convey that Peyton Manning can make ANY receiver look great. No one knows how good, if any, RG3 will be but it’s safe to say he will not compare to Manning in his 1st year. Btw, Washington’s running attack is scaring no one. Rob Ryan sure as hell will not lose sleep trying to think of a gameplan to stop Roy Helu.

  21. craigmaitland says: Aug 5, 2012 2:48 AM

    Claiborne is both making plays and getting beat in practice. Hate on Romo all you want but he’s a very skilled Qb. Meanwhile in redskin camp RG3 is taking sacks all over the place. Bad sign.

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