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Morris Claiborne | Defensive Back

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/7/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 192
College: LSU
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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

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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

Cowboys placed CB Morris Claiborne (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Claiborne suffered a torn patellar-tendon in Week 4. It's possible the injury could end his tenure with the Cowboys. Claiborne is due a fully-guaranteed $2.607 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 02:26:00 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne has been diagnosed with a torn left patellar tendon, and is done for the season.

He'll be placed on injured reserve. The Cowboys initially feared a torn ACL, but a patellar-tendon injury is just as bad. It's quite possible the ailment will end Claiborne's star-crossed tenure with the Cowboys. He's due a fully-guaranteed $2.607 million in the final year of his rookie contract, but has been injury prone and ineffective since first stepping on an NFL field. Dallas' top three corners are Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick and Sterling Moore.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 02:22:00 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys "fear" CB Morris Claiborne suffered a torn ACL in Sunday night's win over the Saints.

Claiborne will undergo an MRI on Monday, at which point more will be known. He'll likely to be placed on injured reserve and miss the remainder of the season. Claiborne is due $2.6 million in 2015 and will be a candidate for offseason release. The Cowboys will move forward with Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick, and Sterling Moore as their top three corners.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 02:09:00 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne exited Sunday night's Week 4 game against the Saints with a left knee sprain.

Claiborne wasn't able to put any weight on his left leg and had to be helped off the field. His return is questionable. The Cowboys are now down to just three corners. Sterling Moore will replace Claiborne in nickel packages.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 08:55:00 PM

Disgruntled CB Morris Claiborne returned to the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Coach Jason Garrett informed Claiborne that he was being benched on Tuesday, and the former No. 6 overall pick packed up his things and stormed out of the facility. He's cooled down. Claiborne is being replaced in the starting lineup by Orlando Scandrick, and may even be passed by Sterling Moore on the depth chart. It's uncertain whether he'll even be active for Week 4.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:03:00 AM

The Cowboys have replaced Morris Claiborne with Orlando Scandrick as the starting corner opposite Brandon Carr.

After learning of his demotion, Claiborne "stormed out of the facility," skipped the Cowboys' walkthrough practice, and went AWOL. The former No. 6 overall pick has nobody to blame but himself. He's flat-out terrible, and has been his entire three-year career. Jerry Jones even said on his radio show that Claiborne hasn't been worth the draft investment. Claiborne's demotion is disappointing for fantasy owners. He was an easy target for any receiver lining up opposite him.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 08:56:00 PM

Coach Jason Garrett declined to rule out benching CB Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne turned in another stinker against the Rams, getting beat for a 51-yard touchdown by Brian Quick and a 38-yard gain by Kenny Britt. Through three weeks, the former No. 6 overall pick is PFF's No. 95 corner among 96 qualifiers. The Cowboys could turn to Orlando Scandrick or Sterling Moore opposite Brandon Carr.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 10:48:00 AM

Speaking Thursday, Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli offered a tepid endorsement of RCB Morris Claiborne.

"Well, he’s there," Marinelli said. "He’s our starting corner. That’s the confidence. He’s gotta go do it." It's clear Claiborne is on a short leash, and could be sent back to the bench upon slot CB Orlando Scandrick's (suspension) return. Claiborne is in danger of becoming one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Thu, Sep 4, 2014 06:09:00 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder) has resumed practicing.

Claiborne had been sidelined since August 13. He could get some run in Thursday's preseason finale. The Cowboys' undermanned defense desperately needs Claiborne to shed his injury-prone ways and remain healthy this season.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 01:57:00 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne will sit out Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury.

Just back from a knee injury, Claiborne suffered an AC joint separation in Wednesday's practice. He's supposedly day to day. It's worth noting that Claiborne underwent shoulder surgery last winter. The Cowboys, who have absolutely no secondary depth, desperately need Claiborne to be healthy for Week 1. Claiborne is shaping up as one of the league's most injury-prone players.
Thu, Aug 14, 2014 03:23:00 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne will sit out the team's preseason opener on Thursday.

Claiborne injured his knee on July 30, and has not had a full practice since. This will be the third straight year Claiborne has missed the Cowboys' preseason opener, and he has already missed seven games in his two-year career. He needs a healthy, productive season to finally shed his bust label.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne is dealing with tendinitis in his right knee, but is expected to return to practice on Saturday.

It's not the sort of injury we'd usually blurb up in training camp, but any ailment is noteworthy with Claiborne, who has proven exceedingly brittle since being the No. 6 overall pick of the 2012 draft. Claiborne was limited throughout OTAs as he recovered from shoulder surgery, and missed time last summer with knee issues. He was limited to 10 games in 2013, and at one point benched. He's on the spot in a big way this season.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (shoulder surgery) participated in team drills at OTAs Monday.

Claiborne was limited to individual drills at the start of OTAs but is now ready to go and lining up on the outside when the Cowboys are in their nickel defense. Orlando Scandrick is starting on the outside opposite Brandon Carr in the base set. Claiborne wasn't billed as an injury-prone player coming out of LSU.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 06:16:00 PM