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08/29/15 - CB Morris Claiborne has moved back into the starting lineup because of the season-ending injury to Orlando Scandrick. He is in the final year of his contract and hoping to prove that he was not a draft bust for the last time. Claiborne will make his preseason debut against the Vikings Saturday.
08/21/15 - CB Mo Claiborne is not expected to play against the 49ers. It will be his 13th missed preseason game of a possible 15 since he joined the Cowboys in 2012. But just like last week against the Chargers, Claiborne is healthy enough to play and is only being held out for precautionary reasons. Orlando Scandrick and Tyler Patmon will start at cornerback.
08/16/15 - CB Morris Claiborne was held out of the preseason opener against the Chargers. He missed his 12th career preseason game, having played in only two in his four-year career. The dubious stat is a prime example of why Claiborne has yet to live up to expectations after being a first-round pick in 2012.
Injuries are a major reason why. But this time Claiborne is healthy and he missed the Chargers game out of precaution.
"I definitely wanted to play," Claiborne said. "I felt great. You never know how much you miss it until it's gone away from you and you finally get a chance to put that uniform on.
"When I walked on the field, I felt like it was my first year in the NFL, just being back on a National Football League field and being around the team, and it hyped me up a lot."
Claiborne has missed 18 regular-season games the past two seasons. He missed the majority of last season with a torn patella tendon. But he is healthy and ready to have his best season.
"I feel great. I feel better than I felt in a long time – coming out of cuts, coming out of breaks, guarding guys," he said. "I feel great. I feel like I match breaks with receivers and comes out at the same time, which is something I couldn't do a couple of years ago."
06/18/15 - CB Cornerback Morris Claiborne is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after ending last season on injured reserve with a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Claiborne has sat out the entire offseason program, OTAs and minicamp. But he should be ready for training camp, owner Jerry Jones said.
05/04/15 - CB Morris Claiborne can become a free agent in March after the Dallas Cowboys declined to pick up the 2016 contract option for the former No. 6 overall pick.
Claiborne has missed 18 games the past two seasons because of hamstring and knee injuries. When healthy, he did not perform up to expectations and his spot on the depth chart next season could become questionable depending on his performance in training camp.
The Cowboys used their first-round pick on cornerback Byron Jones and already have Orlando Scandrick and Brandon Carr ahead of Claiborne.
Claiborne's deal calls for a base salary of $2.607 million in 2015.