Morris Claiborne has always had high expectations placed on him since he became a Dallas Cowboys. Once the Cowboys traded up in the first round of the 2012 draft to select him sixth, then compared his skills to Deion Sanders, Claiborne has had quite a reputation to live up to. So far in his Cowboys career, he has not lived up to that reputation. One of the main problems is his propensity for getting hurt. The past two training camps/pre-seasons have seen the cornerback dealing with injury, and during the season it has continued.
The 2014 training camp started differently for Claiborne, he was healthy and had shown a new, combative attitude out on the field. Jerry Jones even called him a highlight of camp so far. So when he came off the field with a knee injury in practice yesterday, that old feeling of "here we go again" started to re-surface. Fortunately, the injury doesn't look too serious at this point. Our friend David Moore at the DMN reports:
Cornerback Morris Claiborne will not practice Thursday but his injury is not considered serious, sources say.
Claiborne twisted his right knee and was unable to complete practice on Wednesday. The injury occurred when he got his cleats caught in the turf while defending Terrance Williams during 7-on-7 drills. Claiborne is listed as day-to-day at this point. The players are off Friday so he will have two days to recover before determining his availability for the weekend.
Two straight days off will give a clearer picture of where Claiborne is with the knee injury, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of concern around the Cowboys camp. Both Jerry Jones and head trainer Jim Maurer have termed it as "not serious" and the day-to-day listing confirms that. Luckily, Claiborne may have dodged a bullet on this one.
[UPDATE]: Looks like Claiborne has tendinitis.
Mo Claiborne has been diagnosed with tendinitis, not serious, per a source. Will sit out today's practice.— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) July 31, 2014