Cowboys rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne has had a hard time staying healthy so far and the Cowboys have taken notice.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones recently said that Claiborne’s “got to get out there” and cited veteran tight end Jason Witten as an example of a player who keeps playing despite injuries. Jones’ comments could have been seen as a critical suggestion that Claiborne isn’t fighting hard enough to get on the field, but Claiborne isn’t taking offense. He has no quarrel with what Jones said and seems to agree with the overall assessment.
“I understand where he’s coming from,” Claiborne said, via Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. “Anytime you put that much money in somebody to go out and play, you want them out on the field playing. I understand exactly where he’s coming from. I understand. I felt that way myself.”
Claiborne said that the swelling from his sprained MCL has gone down, although he says he’s still proceeding cautiously because he doesn’t want the injury to return. He won’t play on Monday night and appears to be on track to make his preseason debut against the Chargers on Saturday night.
If he’s able to do that and avoid further medical setbacks, Claiborne should still be on track to start the season in the starting lineup across from Brandon Carr.