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24 Morris Claiborne CB
Height/Weight: 5-11/192 | Birthdate: 2/7/1990 | Birthplace: Shreveport, LA, USA | Team: Dallas | College: Louisiana State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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Cowboys don't pick up fifth-year option on CB Morris Claiborne


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) The Cowboys announced they will not pick up the fifth-year option on cornerback Morris Claiborne, making him a free agent after this season, per ProFootballTalk.com. 

Claiborne is coming off a rough season in which he struggled to recover from a torn patellar tendon, as he only appeared in four games. He also missed six games last year because of a hamstring issue. 

If the Cowboys had picked up the option, they would have been on the hook for more than $11 million in 2016. 


Report: Cowboys won't pick up option on Morris Claiborne


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The Cowboys don't plan to pick up the option on defensive back Morris Claiborne's rookie contract, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News, citing a source.

Claiborne was the Cowboys' first-round pick in the 2012 draft. The team has until Sunday to decide whether to pick up the fifth-year option to keep Claiborne with the team through 2016. 

The source said that Claiborne was "not a priority" for the team, as it prepares for the 2015 NFL Draft. 

Claiborne will make $2.6 million this year, in the final season of his four-year rookie contract. 


Jerry Jones: Claiborne's situation 'problematic' for Cowboys


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is sounding less and less optimistic cornerback Morris Claiborne will be back for training camp in 2015.

"Mo has created a problematic situation for us," Jones said to the Dallas Morning News. "Mo didn’t create it, but his circumstances are problematic for us as we approach what we’re doing in the off-season at that position."

Claiborne suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee last September and the team is "hopeful" he will be ready for training camp.

Claiborne has played just 29 games of a possible 48 in his three-year career, totaling 88 tackles with three interceptions.


Cowboys' Stephen Jones 'hopeful' for Claiborne's return by camp


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Cowboys executive vice president/COO Stephen Jones isn't sure cornerback Morris Claiborne will be ready for training camp. 

Saying he isn't optimistic, via the Dallas Morning News, Jones said, "We're hopeful" for Claiborne to return from his torn left patellar tendon. Claiborne suffered in the injury in the first month of the season in a win over the Saints.

In four games, Claiborne recorded seven tackles and one interception.


Cowboys mulling whether to pick up fifth-year option for Claiborne


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) The Cowboys still haven't made a decision on whether they will exercise their fifth-year option on cornerback Morris Claiborne's contract, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday from the Senior Bowl. The Cowboys have until May 3 to exercise the option, per The Dallas Morning News.

If the Cowboys don't exercise the option, then Claiborne will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. If they pick up the option, then Claiborne would receive the 2015 transition tag money for a cornerback, which is estimated to be about $11 million.

“It’s something that we still have to look at,” Jones said. “When we sit down and take a look at what we have to do underneath our salary cap that plays into it. So we have to look at his health. We have to really measure everything. We think a lot of Mo. We’re still believers that if Mo had a fully healthy offseason and a fully healthy season that he would play up to our expectations.”

Claiborne, who was a first-round pick in 2012, has been active for just 29 of a possible 50 games in his three NFL seasons. Claiborne appeared in just four games in 2014 before suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee. He might not be ready for the start of training camp in July.

“That’s still to be determined,” Stephen Jones said. “We’ve got to see how he recovers, how his rehab goes, how his progress is. We’ll make those types of decisions accordingly.”


Cowboys' Jerry Jones open to bringing back Morris Claiborne in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday he believes cornerback Morris Claiborne has done enough to earn an additional season with the club in 2016.

The Cowboys have a fifth-year option on Claiborne, who just finished his third season in Dallas, playing in only four games before tearing his patellar tendon. If his option is picked up, Claiborne would receive nearly $11 million in 2016. 

He has only played in 21 of his possible 50 games as a pro in Dallas due to injuries. 


Morris Claiborne out for season with torn patellar tendon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2014) Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on his weekly radio show that further tests revealed a torn patellar tendon for cornerback Morris Claiborne, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is out for the remainder of the season.

Claiborne will be moved to the injured reserve list, finishing the year with just one interception and seven total tackles (five solo).


Cowboys fear Morris Claiborne tore ACL


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/28/2014) The initial diagnosis on Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is that he tore his ACL in the win over the Saints, owner Jerry Jones told ESPN.com. Jones said an MRI will be conducted Monday.

Morris Claiborne leaves with sprained knee


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/28/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne left the game against the Saints with a sprained knee. The team said he's questionable to return.

Morris Claiborne returns, will play Sunday


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/24/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne, who reportedly left team headquarters in a huff after losing his starting job, has returned and and will play Sunday night against the Saints, reports ESPN.

"He obviously knew he didn't react the right way," coach Jason Garrett said. "He came by last night and we addressed it."


Morris Claiborne skips practice after getting benched


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne skipped the team's practice Tuesday and angrily left the practice facility after being informed that he was being replaced in the starting lineup, ESPNDallas.com reports.

Claiborne could be fined by the team for skipping practice or conduct detrimental to the team. He ranks 91 out of 96 cornerbacks over the first three weeks of the season, per Pro Football Focus' cumulative cornerback rating. Orlando Scandrick will take over a starting cornerback position.


Bruce Carter scores touchdown for Dallas defense in Week 3


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards in the fourth quarter Sunday to score a key touchdown in his team's 34-31 win over the Rams in Week 3.

Carter put the Cowboys up 10 points before Rams scored a late touchdown by intercepting Austin Davis for the first time in the game. Cornerback Morris Claiborne added an interception on St. Louis' final offensive drive to seal the game for the Cowboys. Defensive lineman Henry Melton recovered a Rams fumble in Dallas territory late in the first half to help turn the tide after the defense surrendered 21 unanswered points to begin the game. The Cowboys defense faces a tough test in Week 4 when Drew Brees and the Saints come marching into town after a big win.


Henry Melton, Morris Claiborne practice Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton and cornerback Morris Claiborne were in uniform and able to practice Wednesday, DallasCowboys.com reports.

Neither player was listed on the team's official injury report, so both should be good to go for Week 1. Melton had been slowed by a groin issue, while Claiborne was dealing with a shoulder injury.


Morris Claiborne expected to miss entire preseason again


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/27/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne probably won't play in Thursday's preseason finale, marking the second straight preseason in which he has not played a down, reports ESPN.com. Claiborne missed this year's preseason opener with knee tendinitis and the past two games due to a sprained AC joint in his shoulder.

Claiborne returned to practice this week, but likely will be held out against the Broncos. "Just not worth the risk to go backwards," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

Cowboys list 13 inactive Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) The Cowboys have 13 players out of uniform for Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins, including some who have been battling injuries through the preseason.

Defensive backs Morris Claiborne (shoulder), Jeff Heath, Johnny Thomas, Matt Johnson and B.W. Webb; linebackers DeVonte Holloman (neck) and Orie Lemon; defensive linemen Henry Melton (groin), Terrell McClain (ankle), and Demarcus Lawrence; tight end Gavin Escobar (shoulder) and offensive lineman Darrion Weems are all inactive Saturday.  


Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne return to practice


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/19/2014) Cowboys cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne returned to a padded practice Tuesday, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Carr missed the first 11 scheduled practices to be with his mother, who died late last month, the paper said. Claiborne hurt his right shoulder in practice last week and didn't play against the Ravens on Saturday.


Three Cowboys defensive backs out Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Cowboys defensive backs Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne and Sterling Moore will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Ravens, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Morris Claiborne day to day with shoulder injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said cornerback Morris Claiborne is dealing with an "AC joint separation," according to USA Today. He is considered day to day.

Morris Claiborne won't play in preseason opener


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/4/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne (knee) won't play in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chargers, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Claiborne has not practiced in a week.

Morris Claiborne not back yet


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/3/2014) Cowboys starting cornerback Morris Claiborne remained sidelined Saturday with a knee injury, reports the Dallas Morning News. He is considered day-to-day.

Morris Claiborne twists right knee


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/31/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne is not practicing Thursday after twisting his right knee in practice Wednesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Claiborne got his cleats caught in the turf trying to cover Terrance Williams in a 7-on-7 drill.

The team said the injury is not serious and Claiborne is day-to-day.


Morris Claiborne back at practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne was back at practice on Monday, working as a third corner in passing situations on the outside. Starter Orlando Scandrick moved into the slot when Claiborne was needed. Claiborned was limited to individual drills in previous OTAs. Claiborne has missed seven games due to injuries.

Morris Claiborne starting camp with second team?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/21/2014) Orlando Scandrick figures to have a starting job at cornerback ahead of Morris Claiborne when the Cowboys open training camp this summer, ESPN believes. Claiborne was benched in favor of Scandrick last season, proving that Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett isn't afraid to make a big roster decision. The Cowboys want Claiborne to prove his worth in camp this summer. 

Cowboys need big improvement from Morris Claiborne


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/31/2014) The Cowboys are counting on cornerback Morris Claiborne getting stronger and accelerating his development in his third season.

"We feel like he is a guy who is very talented and still needs to grow and develop," coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. “He has certainly shown flashes of the player that we drafted with the sixth pick of the draft a couple of years ago. He has a very good feel for covering guys and just plays that position at a high level. We have a lot of confidence in Mo."

Claiborne has missed seven games due to injuries and lost his starting job to Orlando Scandrick last season. “He needs to get stronger as a player," Garrett told the paper. "He is working very hard to do that. It’s a hard position to transition into in the NFL.

"We have asked him to do a lot, coming in here on day one, being a starter for us. But as much as anything else, get healthy, get stronger and keep learning and grow as a player. We have a lot of confidence in him."


Cowboys concerned about hamstring injuries


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/4/2014) Twelve Cowboys suffered hamstring injuries of varying severity in 2013, reports ESPN.com. The list consisted of Miles Austin, Morris Claiborne, Sean Lee, Justin Durant, Dwayne Harris, Bruce Carter, Danny McCray, Barry Church, Dez Bryant, Lance Dunbar, Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams.

Coach Jason Garrett is looking at other teams' approaches to find a solution. He might cut back the time players spend on the field early in the offseason, the report said. 

“It is valuable to do the football stuff. We don’t feel like there’s a lot of football stuff right now,” Garrett told the website. “We want to be careful about how much we take away from that. But there’s a couple weeks prior to all that stuff starting. We’ve talked about tweaking the daily schedule and what we’re doing those first couple weeks as we start to lay the foundation for the offseason.”