Having missed the first three games of the preseason, Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne told reporters earlier this week that he was ready to play in Thursday’s preseason finale, if the coaches wanted him to. Apparently, they don’t want him to.
Following the annual kickoff luncheon on Wednesday, per ESPN Dallas, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Claiborne would “probably not” play in the finale.
Claiborne missed the first preseason game with tendinitis in his knee, and the last two with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. If he misses Thursday night, it will mark the second consecutive preseason in which Claiborne hasn’t seen a preseason snap.
Jones said the team’s decision ultimately came down to risk versus reward.
"Just not worth the risk to go backwards," he said. "You know those shoulder injuries; they get sore on you quickly. After really going over it with our trainers and doctors, probably the better decision here is to let him get fully healed and then put him out there."
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