Morris Claiborne back with Cowboys


Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne will play Sunday night against the New Orleans Saints after rejoining the team Wednesday morning to participate in meetings, coach Jason Garrett confirmed.

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Considering what the Cowboys gave up to get him, cornerback Morris Claiborne is the biggest bust in team history, Tim MacMahon writes. Story

Garrett said Claiborne spoke with his teammates Wednesday but would not divulge details of what was said.

"We need him," a team source said earlier Wednesday. "It's a long season. Just a bruised ego."

On Tuesday, Claiborne skipped the Cowboys' walk-through practice and angrily left the club's Valley Ranch training facility Tuesday after being informed that Orlando Scandrick was replacing him in the starting lineup, multiple sources said.

Scandrick missed the first two weeks of the season while serving a two-game suspension, and Claiborne helped fill the void, starting two of the Cowboys' first three games.

Morris Claiborne spoke with teammates Wednesday morning, one day after leaving the team after being told of his demotion from the starting defensive unit.
Claiborne's demotion came a few hours after owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that the third-year cornerback had not been worth the sixth pick of the 2012 draft, which Dallas moved up to acquire.

"Is he what we had hoped for at this point when we drafted him with the sixth overall pick, giving up the [second-round] pick to go up to the sixth pick to get him? No," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. "But he's going to be a good player."

On Sunday, Claiborne allowed five receptions for 108 yards and a 51-yard touchdown pass as the St. Louis Rams took a 21-0 second-quarter lead before the Cowboys rallied to win 34-31. He also gave up a 38-yard catch and was penalized once for defensive holding.

Still, he made two of the game's biggest plays on St. Louis' final possession. He pressured St. Louis quarterback Austin Davis into an incompletion, when he perfectly executed a corner blitz. And two plays later, he made a leaping interception to clinch the victory.

After the game, Claiborne said he "stunk it up."
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