Stephen Jones, the Cowboys’ executive vice president and the son of owner Jerry Jones, sounds like he’s getting sick of seeing his first-round draft pick in the training room.
Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne was sidelined by a wrist injury during Organized Team Activities, and has recently been missing training camp practices with a knee injury, and Jones said in an interview on KRLD that it’s time for Claiborne to prove he can play through the pain.
“Mo Claiborne’s got to get out there,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “The times he’s been out there, it’s been impressive. But he certainly can’t make the club in the tub, if you will. He’s got to get out there. It’s time. We got to start having a mentality that we’re going to play through things.”
Of course, it’s easy for Jones to say that Claiborne has to play through things. If Claiborne is injured seriously enough that he simply can’t practice, that’s a fact of life in football. But Jones said, “There’s no excuse,” and he wants to see the Cowboys’ younger players emulate themselves after veterans who are willing to play with pain.
“You don’t ever see Jason Witten missing practice, and he’s going on 10 [seasons],” Jones said. “He just won’t miss. So, we got to have the young guys step up and play better.”
And if calling Claiborne out publicly is the way to get him to step up and play better, that’s something Jones is happy to do.