Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne said Wednesday that he’s seen “nothing” improve about his game during training camp, which appears to include his ability to avoid injuries that keep him off the field.
Claiborne went down hard on his right shoulder during Wednesday’s practice and Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday that Claiborne will miss a few days while recovering. That’s not the same shoulder that Claiborne had surgery on this offseason, but that’s probably of little relief to a Cowboys team that just got Claiborne back on the field after a bout of tendinitis in the knee.
With Orlando Scandrick suspended for four games to open the year, Claiborne is in position to play an important role on defense in the early part of the season. That can only happen if he’s on the field, though, and Claiborne hasn’t been able to do that during camp. Given the way he’s played in his first two seasons, that’s not a good sign because he needs all the work he can get.
Brandon Carr, Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb, Terrance Mitchell and the recently acquired via trade with the Patriots Justin Green are other corner options for the defensively challenged Cowboys.