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09/29/14 - CB Morris Claiborne, who didn't start, left the game after injuring his left knee on New Orleans' first possession. The Cowboys are concerned he might have torn his anterior cruciate ligament. The former first-round pick walked out on the team earlier in the week after being demoted in favor of CB Orlando Scandrick.
09/29/14 - CB Morris Claiborne suffered a torn patella tendon against the Saints and will be placed on injured reserve, ending the season of the disappointing former 2012 first-round pick.
09/24/14 - CB Morris Claiborne returned to practice Wednesday after walking out on Tuesday when he learned he was a backup to Orlando Scandrick. Claiborne claimed he left because he did not like the manner in which he learned of the change. However, he actually was bumped last year by Scandrick, who has been injured much of this season. Claiborne gave up two touchdowns Sunday against St. Louis, but then made a game-clinching interception.
09/22/14 - CB Morris Claiborne had the game-saving interception against the Rams Sunday. But he is also on the verge of getting benched for consistently poor play.
"We'll determine how we're going to play guys as the week goes on," said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett when asked if Claiborne would continue with the starters against the Saints next Sunday.
Claiborne gave up two touchdown passes against the Rams, including a 51-yard bomb to Brian Quick. He was out of position on a number of other plays and played with poor technique throughout.
"Mo was just in situations in yesterday's game where he was isolated by himself and they made good throws and catches against him," Garrett said. "His technique on each of those plays wasn't perfect and they had success for different reasons on each of those plays where he got beat, and he just needs to continue to learn and grow and develop as a player."
Orlando Scandrick will likely return to the starting lineup but the Cowboys will also consider using Sterling Moore in the nickel in place of Claiborne.
The Cowboys are 2-1 after the win over the Rams, but they are very concerned about a defense that gave up 448 yards to the Rams and allowed third-string quarterback Austin Davis to pass for 327 yards.
"I've told you guys all the time and I'll tell you guys for real: we've got to play better," cornerback Orlando Scandrick said. "We can't expect to give up 350, 400 yards and be a great defense or be a good defense or even be a good football team. Thirty-four points from your offense, that's not normal in this league."
The Cowboys continue to struggle rushing the passer. They have three sacks as a team. The defensive line has 0.5 sacks combined.
"I'm looking for that consistency," defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. "The consistency to play the run, the consistency of a pass rush. We want these plays we made today, because they win. But to be a really good defense, to help this offense -- this offense can go -
08/29/14 - CB Morris Claiborne is still having trouble with an injured shoulder that kept him out of the last three preseason games. He said he will likely have to take a pain killing shot to play in the season opener against the 49ers.