Claiborne doesn't see preseason snaps as necessity

IRVING, Texas – Cornerback Morris Claiborne wouldn’t have a problem with playing in the preseason finale, but he doesn’t think it’s a necessity to prepare for the season opener.

“Not really,” Claiborne said. “I don’t think Houston is going to have (any) of their starters playing either. It’s up to the coaches.

“I don’t want to get in there and tweak something and now we’re sitting here talking about, ‘Am I going to be ready for Week 1?’ all over again.”

Claiborne, who has been sidelined with a sore knee since Aug. 6, participated in Monday’s practice in a limited fashion. He went through all of individual drills, some team work against the scout team as part of the Cowboys’ prep for the Giants and did some running and cutting on the side.

“I feel way better than I felt last week or the weeks before that,” Claiborne said. “It’s just steady improvement. I don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like or my status for the game. I know I’ll be ready for Week 1.”

Head coach Jason Garrett has said his preference would be for Claiborne to get some preseason reps. On Monday, Garrett said they’ll see how the second-year corner feels before determining the next step in his progress.

Claiborne said he’s more concerned about conditioning than rust, which he figures he can shake off over the next couple of weeks.

“The way our defense is built is on effort and getting to the ball,” Claiborne said. “Will I be ready to run to the ball each and every snap and not have to be patting to come out of the game? We’ve been working on that a lot. I feel like I’m improving each and every day.”