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Morris Claiborne To Miss Baltimore Game With Shoulder Injury

The more things change, the more they stay the same.


The Cowboys have announced that Morris Claiborne will miss another pre-season game with injury. This is an unblemished streak of missing pre-season games since his rookie season. Just as we thought Claiborne might be healthy this pre-season, he missed the Chargers game with a knee injury, now he'll miss the Ravens game with a shoulder separation.

The cornerback suffered an AC joint separation to his right shoulder during Wednesday’s practice with Oakland. He will not practice Thursday and head coach Jason Garrett said Claiborne won’t play against Baltimore on Saturday.

Claiborne suffered a similar injury to his left shoulder last year that required him to play with a harness. Garrett said this injury doesn’t appear as serious and a harness isn’t necessary at this time. "We got good news about it, better than maybe the initial reports might be,’’ Garrett said. "We think it’s going to be more of a day to day, within the week type thing.’’

The news for the Cowboys defense continues to be unsettling, as Orlando Scandrick will miss four games and Brandon Carr has missed significant time and will need to get into form quickly. Sterling Moore is the first candidate to replace Scandrick and he's been battling his own injury issues. The bright spot at corner is rookie Terrance Mitchell, who is going through growing pains but has showed promise.

In other news the Cowboys signed a player to the defensive line.

The Cowboys have signed Zach Minter, sources said. The 6-foot-1, 297-pound defensive tackle was waived by Cincinnati on Aug. 8. Minter, an undrafted rookie out of Montana State, spent his first season with Chicago, appearing in two games. He did not register a tackle. Minter is in Oxnard. Cornerback Korey Lindsey has been waived to make room for him on the roster.

And in unicorn news, Matt Johnson is going for more testing on his hamstrings, but this time they will look at his back as the possible cause.

Johnson has been sent back to Dallas and to see a back specialist in an effort to find out if his back is causing his hamstring woes, coach Jason Garrett said Thursday.

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