Morris Claiborne DB DAL 6 days ago

Claiborne (knee) won't participate in next week's OTAs, Mickey Spagnola of DallasCowboys.com reports.

He's recovering from surgeries on the patellar tendons in both of his knees, and at this point the Cowboys still aren't entirely sure if Claiborne will be ready for Week 1, much less training camp. If he's not, first round pick Byron Jones' development will become even more important for the team's secondary.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 3 weeks ago1 Comment

The Cowboys declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Claiborne's (knee) contract, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

The option would have been worth about $11 million, and given Claiborne's checkered injury and performance history the team deemed that to be too steep. As a result, he'll be an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 4 weeks ago

The Cowboys have until Sunday to officially pick up the 2016 option on Claiborne (knee), DallasCowboys.com reports.

The oft-injured Claiborne is expected to miss the beginning of training camp as he recovers from a patellar tendon injury, and the fact that the Cowboys used their first round pick on Byron Jones does cloud Claiborne's future with the team somewhat. Chances are the Cowboys will pick up the option though, in the hopes that Claiborne can finally stay healthy and begin to play up to his potential.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 3 months ago1 Comment

Claiborne (knee) may not be ready for the start of training camp, the Dallas Morning News reports.The Cowboys aren't expecting Claiborne to be involved in any spring OTAs, however, as he recovers from a ruptured patellar tendon. "We are hopeful about [Claiborne returning for] training camp," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He might be one of those guys who doesn't start right away in training camp. But that's a long way off. That's premature. But I wouldn't anticipate him being too involved in the spring." With Claiborne having been a disappointment so far in his career and Brandon Carr getting older, look for the Cowboys to add more secondary depth in the draft if they can.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 8 months ago

Claiborne (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, officially ending his season, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

This was inevitable, after Claiborne suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee during last Sunday's win over the Saints. Selected No. 6 overall in the 2012 draft, Claiborne was demoted from the starting lineup last week, putting his future with the club beyond this season in question. Sterling Moore is expected to inherit his role as the nickel corner moving forward.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 8 months ago

Claiborne suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee during Sunday's game against the Saints and will now miss the remainder of this season, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Claiborne's injury was confirmed by an MRI on Monday and completes a tumultuous week for the former first-round pick. Prior to Sunday's game, Claiborne was demoted to the Cowboys' No. 3 cornerback, which caused him to skip last Tuesday's practice session while disappointed. Now, Claiborne will be sidelined for the rest of this season, which will limit him to just 14 games played over the past two years. As a result, Sterling Moore is expected to serve as the Cowboys' nickel cornerback moving forward.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 8 months ago

Claiborne (knee) may have suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's game, ESPN's Tim MacMahon reports.

While no diagnosis has been confirmed, owner Jerry Jones revealed that the team fears a torn ACL. If that turns out to be the case, it will finish a tumultuous season for Claiborne, who skipped a Tuesday practice after learning of his demotion from the starting lineup. He was only demoted to nickel corner, meaning he still had an important role in the defense, one that Sterling Moore is now positioned to fill.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 8 months ago

Claiborne is questionable to return after suffering a left leg injury during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Saints, the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George reports.

The Cowboys will likely spend most of Sunday's game in their nickel defense, and only have four cornerbacks active. Claiborne didn't put any weight on his left leg while exiting the field, leaving Dallas with just three healthy cornerbacks, at least for the time being. Sterling Moore figures to take on most of Claiborne's snaps.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 8 months ago

Claiborne returned to the Cowboys' facility Wednesday and is expected to play Sunday against the Saints, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Claiborne left the team facility Tuesday upon being notified that he had lost his starting cornerback position to Orlando Scandrick. As a result, Claiborne missed the Cowboys' walkthrough in advance of Sunday's game versus New Orleans. Nonetheless, the underachieving former first-rounder was reportedly back at team meetings Wednesday and is slated to suit up Sunday. While Brandon Carr and Scandrick will assume the Cowboys' starting cornerback duties, Claiborne should still see significant playing time against the Saints' pass-happy offense.

Morris Claiborne DB DAL 8 months ago

Claiborne, upon hearing he had lost his starting spot to Orlando Scandrick, skipped the team's walk-thru Tuesday and left the training complex, putting his status for Sunday's game against the Saints in doubt, the Dallas Morning News' David Moore reports.

He made a big interception late in last week's game against the Rams, but prior to that play he had been perhaps the worst Cowboys defender on the field, so the demotion was in order. The Cowboys will fine Claiborne for his defiance, but his presence would likely be desirable against the Saints' prolific passing attack. Those relying on Claiborne in IDP leagues would probably be best off finding a better option, as he'll be seeing fewer snaps going forward and could be unavailable this week.