Claiborne not paying attention to critics

IRVING, Texas -- Because the Dallas Cowboys traded up to the No. 6 pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, Morris Claiborne will always receive extra attention.

Expectations are naturally high for a player the Cowboys called their highest-rated defensive back since Deion Sanders.

With a critical pass interference penalty in last week’s 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Claiborne has come under heat. He has just one interception in his first 17 games, despite all of Jason Garrett’s talk about Claiborne’s ability to play the ball. He has battled through injuries, the latest a dislocated left shoulder that will require him to wear a harness for the foreseeable future.

On ESPNDallas, the Cowboys’ decision to trade up for Claiborne was debated this week.

Claiborne said he is not hearing any of what Garrett calls noise.

"I just do what I can do and do what’s best for my team, and I could [not] care less what somebody else says," Claiborne said. "As long as I’m not hearing nothing from my coaches or the owner or none of that, I don’t really care."

What Claiborne has to get accustomed to is not starting. In order to help limit his work, the Cowboys are expected to continue to start Orlando Scandrick in their base defense, but this week’s foe, the St. Louis Rams, likes to spread the field, requiring defenses to play more cornerbacks.

“As long as I’m on the field, getting snaps, I’m not in a rush,” Claiborne said. “The big thing is just getting healthy, because I don’t want to mess myself up and put bad stuff on film and this and that. I’m just being patient and working as hard as I can until I get healthy.”