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May 05, 2012

Morris Claiborne to have the pins out of his wrist next week

The Cowboys aren't concerned about Morris Claiborne's surgically repaired left wrist. Otherwise, they wouldn't have spent the sixth overall pick on him.

Claiborne tore ligaments in the wrist agianst Alabama in November but still played the final five games. Claiborne will get his hard cast off next week, he said, when the pins come out of the wrist. He will be in a soft cast for two weeks after that.

"I’ll be fully ready to go by camp time," Claiborne said. "I get my pins out next week. From there, it’s just rehabbing."

Claiborne can't do anything right now, including running.

"I can't do anything that moves my arms," Claiborne said.

He mostly is watching practice, but he did jump into part of the walk-through Friday.

"I was holding myself back," Claiborne said. "The whole time I wanted to get out there. I was just itching."

Secondary coach Jerome Henderson said Claiborne still can benefit from this weekend's rookie minicamp despite not getting on the field.

"It's the first time he's heard what I'm going to ask him to do," Henderson said. "He's listening to that. We've been talking through situations, and we've been talking through techniques and kind of a mentality and a style of play we want to have. He gets that. The thing I've been impressed with is his poise. It doesn't seem too big for him. I appreciate that, and I hope that is what it turns out to be that it's not too big for him. He has a calmness about him. He's really, really a bright young man when we talk football. He picks up concepts very quickly. I've been very impressed with him."

-- Charean Williams


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The last statement was interesting. Perhaps more evidence that the Wonderlick test is pointless.

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