Tracking Mo: Claiborne rehabs, others work

OXNARD, Calif. -- It will be easy to track Morris Claiborne for the time being because the rookie first-round pick is recovering from a slightly sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

The hope is that he will be able to return after the first preseason game at Oakland next week. In the meantime, Claiborne will spend his time on the practice field attached to the hip of secondary coach Jerome Henderson as he learns the defense.

Claiborne’s absence means more work for Teddy Williams, Mario Butler, Isaac Madison and Lionel Smith.

“Obviously you like him out there getting the reps when he’s not there, missing time,” Henderson said, “But this is the NFL. This happens in the league all the time. You can go from the second team to starter or third team to starter in a matter of a second. We’ve got to be prepared for that. As much as it’s a negative, it’s also a positive because now we can get other guys filling roles. You’ve got to shuffle a little bit, but that’s the real world for us, so it’s good it’s happening now to get experience doing it.