A mild knee sprain will keep Morris Claiborne sidelined for a few practices, but not much longer.
The Dallas Cowboys, like most other NFL teams, are trying to navigate their way through various training camp injuries. Fortunately (knock on wood) the team hasn't suffered any of the season-ending variety; a travesty that has plagued other teams in the division and throughout the league. Injuries along the offensive line have caused a group of youngsters still trying to find their way into new positions; especially second-year pro David Arkin.
There have been many nicks along the way, but perhaps the scariest bullet was dodged today. First-round draft pick Morris Claiborne is not expected to miss much time after undergoing an MRI on his right knee after being held out of Friday's practice. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the MRI revealed a mild MCL sprain and Claiborne is only expected to miss a couple of practices; however you should expect for him to be held out of Sunday's Blue-White Scrimmage.
With Mike Jenkins still not approved to practice, this puts Orlando Scandrick opposite Brandon Carr. Scandrick hasn't exactly been a world beater early in training camp.
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Claiborne missed the entire 2012 offseason program due to recovery from wrist surgery; although he was able to shadow fellow cornerbacks during the last half of the summer. As is the case with most rookie corners, Claiborne's performance has been up and down trying to cover the Cowboys dynamic duo of Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. While any missed time hurts his progression, especially considering how little work he's seen since the BCS Championship, a few days shouldn't set the rookie too far back.
Just filed to ESPN: Cowboys rookie CB Morris Claiborne's MRI indicates a minor MCL knee sprain. Expected to miss just a few practices— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) August 4, 2012
More injury news:
As O.C.C. noted in his camp round-up thread (great write-up, must read) Tyrone Crawford has suffered a calf injury. If you recall, a calf injury is what made him miss most of the OTAs.
Second-year running back Phillip Tanner left practice with a hand injury while UDFA receiver Salim Hakim suffered a dislocated finger.
[UPDATE] Phillip Tanner is on his way back to Dallas to undergo surgery on his hand. He's expected to miss 1-2 weeks and be back after the preseason opener. [/UPDATE}