The Dallas Cowboys’ first round draft pick Morris Claiborne was present for last weekend’s rookie mini-camp, but he las limited to (in his words) “mental reps” as he recovers from offseason wrist surgery to repair ligament damage, and which has forced the sixth overall pick to don a cast since he’s been a Cowboy.
"I was getting mental reps," Claiborne said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I wanted to do some of the stuff the guys were doing out there, but I know I can't. I have to sit back and relax and let my body heal."
Even without the physical reps on the field, one might argue that Claiborne is already a step ahead of the rookies of 2011, who were barred from contact with coaches and, therefore, left more or less to their own devices to figure out the playbook.
"I'm studying the playbook like these guys," Claiborne said. "It's new to all of us. Just because I was the first pick doesn't mean I can't come in and get in my book and learn what I have to do."
More good news: Claiborne will reportedly shed the hard cast next week in exchange for a soft one.
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