OXNARD, Calif. -- Isn’t it concerning that cornerback Morris Claiborne is missing significant time for the second consecutive training camp?
Not according to Jerry Jones, who said it doesn’t bother him that Claiborne will miss two preseason games due to knee tendinitis.
“The injuries that he’s having are not what you call the kinds of injuries that would be chronic [or] dealing with down the road to the extent "down the road" means opening night, so all of those things are not a concern,” Jones said. “We know the kinds of things he’s been dealing with.
“He’s every bit the player we thought he was. He’s every bit the athlete we thought he was.”
The Cowboys thought Claiborne would be a superstar when they packaged their top two picks in the 2012 draft to move up to No. 6 overall to select him. Jones boasted that the Cowboys gave Claiborne the highest grade of any cornerback prospect in a draft since Deion Sanders.
Claiborne had an up-and-down rookie season -- typical for cornerbacks -- picking off only one pass. Claiborne had a solid camp before being sidelined last week, but he didn’t intercept any passes in live work.
Claiborne hopes to be cleared to practice Monday and play in the Cowboys’ first home preseason game. He recognizes the need for him to get practice reps, particularly after missing all of his rookie offseason and much of last year’s training camp.
“Any time you miss time, I feel like it’s valuable time,” Claiborne said. “At the same time, you’ve got to be ready for the season. I’m just trying to get healthy, as healthy as I can get. Obviously right now, I’m not in the shape to go play. I’ve got to just sit down and rest up and try to get myself ready.”