Cowboys’ rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne returned to the practice field in Oxnard on Saturday, a little over a week after suffering a sprained MCL; seeing as how the knee injury came just around a week after Claiborne was finally cleared to practice with a surgically repaired wrist, both the rookie and the team were left frustrated.
“Mo Claiborne’s got to get out there,” Executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan last Friday, via the Dallas Morning News. “The times he’s been out there, it’s been impressive. But he certainly can’t make the club in the tub, if you will. He’s got to get out there. It’s time. We got to start having a mentality that we’re going to play through things.”
Jones went on to say that his comments weren’t meant as a slight to Claiborne, but for the rookie, who will miss Monday night’s preseason opener in Oakland, the point was well taken.
“Anytime you put that much money into someone to go out and play you want them on the field playing,” Claiborne said. “I understand exactly where he’s coming from. I felt that way myself.”
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