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Morris Claiborne | Defensive Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 192
College: LSU
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Cowboys declared RCB Morris Claiborne, WR Brice Butler, RB Trey Williams, LB Mark Nzeocha, OG Ronald Leary, TE Geoff Swaim and DE Ryan Russell inactive for Week 12 against the Panthers.
Claiborne's absence means another start for rookie DB Byron Jones, who has been an asset this season, but was exposed a bit on the boundary against the Dolphins in Week 11. He'll be tested early and often by Cam Newton. Nov 26 - 3:13 PM

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is "probably out" for Thanksgiving against the Panthers.

Claiborne missed Week 11 as well. Rookie Byron Jones struggled a bit in an expanded role with Claiborne out, but Jones has been solid all season. He should play better filling in for Claiborne this week.
Nov 24 - 9:58 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (hamstring) is out for Week 11 against the Dolphins.

He didn't practice all week. Brandon Carr will move from left to right corner with Byron Jones on the left side and Tyler Patmon handling slot duties. It's a nice matchup for Jarvis Landry.
Nov 20 - 4:12 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne exited Week 10 against the Bucs with a hamstring injury.

Claiborne suffered the injury early in the second quarter and was not able to play in the second half. He is scheduled for an MRI Monday. Claiborne has been terrible this season, so losing him will not be a big loss.
Nov 15 - 7:36 PM

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli said CB Morris Claiborne is "really playing good" right now.

"He seems really comfortable out there. You can see his athleticism right now," Marinelli said. "I just think week by week he's going to get better and better." Claiborne has played all but one defensive snap for the Cowboys, giving up eight receptions on 11 targets according to Pro Football Focus.
Sep 26 - 11:14 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (patellar tendon) currently weighs only 172 pounds.'s Gil Brandt reports Claiborne's weight is actually "up" after he dropped a ton of pounds following surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon. Claiborne's Combine measurement was 5-foot-11, 188. Even after the patellar tendon tear, Claiborne required an additional arthroscopic surgery on his knee. The beat writers in Dallas still expect Claiborne to make the team.
Jun 23 - 9:36 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) has been limited to individual drills at OTAs.

"He’s done an excellent job in his rehab," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's done a lot of work on the field, and he's moving around better." The Cowboys are expected to move Claiborne along slowly in an effort to get him ready for training camp. Claiborne has made good progress coming off one of the most serious injuries a player can have and is locked into a 2015 roster spot.
May 29 - 8:28 PM

The Cowboys have no plans to exercise Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option.

Fifteen first-round picks from 2012 have already had their options picked up but it appears Claiborne won't be joining them. He's been a major disappointment since getting drafted sixth overall, finishing with a negative grade from Pro Football Focus in each of his three seasons. With Claiborne still ailing from a torn patellar tendon, this was an easy choice for Dallas. Sunday is the official deadline for exercising fifth-year options.
Apr 30 - 2:48 PM

The Cowboys have until May 3 to exercise Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option.

It's going to be hard to judge Claiborne (torn patellar tendon) while he's out of commission. Jerry Jones said in January that Claiborne has done enough to warrant a fifth year, but that hasn't been evident on the field.
Apr 19 - 9:02 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

Claiborne will miss all of OTAs recovering from knee surgeries. He was recently cleared to run on flat ground, and will need to avoid setbacks to return by the start of camp. Despite coming off three ineffective and injury-prone seasons, Claiborne’s fully-guaranteed $2.6M salary locks him into a 2015 roster spot.
Apr 18 - 2:33 PM

The Cowboys don't plan to pick up CB Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option.

The fifth-year option would be worth the average of the top 10 NFL salaries at the position, which is expected to be more than $11 million. Claiborne obviously isn't worth anything near that as he's been a grossly ineffective disaster since going sixth overall in 2012 and is coming off a torn patellar tendon.
Apr 13 - 10:59 AM

ESPN Dallas reports the Cowboys are concerned about CB Morris Claiborne's recovery from knee surgery.

Claiborne is five months removed from a torn patellar tendon and had his knee scoped in January. He's questionable for the start of training camp and can't be counted on for a 2015 role. Claiborne is due $2.6 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 28 - 6:24 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee surgeries) may not be ready for 2015 training camp.

Claiborne tore his left patellar tendon last September, then had a right knee scope in January. He's missed 18 games the past two seasons and been ineffective when healthy. The Cowboys can't count on Claiborne for a 2015 role.
Feb 18 - 9:07 PM

Already recovering from a ruptured left patellar tendon, Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne underwent a right knee scope a "few weeks ago."

Headed into a make-or-break year for his NFL career, Claiborne will be recovering from surgeries to both knees. The patellar tendon is the (far) more serious issue, but the scope could complicate, or at least slow, his recovery. Owner/GM Jerry Jones has said he believes Claiborne deserves to have his fifth-year team option picked up, but we'd consider it extremely unlikely.
Jan 20 - 5:50 PM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones believes CB Morris Claiborne has "done enough" to justify picking up his fifth-year team option for 2016.

It's a decision the Cowboys must make this spring. We'll go ahead and disagree with 'ol Jer's assessment. Claiborne has been an injury-prone disaster through the first three years of his NFL career. Since Claiborne was a top-10 pick, his option year would cost the price of the transition tag for cornerbacks, which is expected to be roughly $11 million. There's zero chance the Cowboys will gamble Claiborne will end up being worth that for 2016, especially since he's recovering from a torn patellar tendon. Claiborne is due $2.6 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

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