Cornerback Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys' top pick (No. 6) out of LSU, still isn't a full participant at Cowboys practices. But he is getting closer.
Claibore, who recently had pins removed from his left wrist, continued to work on conditioning Wednesday. While he didn't wear a helmet, Claiborne had on a practice jersey and shadowed the Cowboys corners on the field. He is not expected to be cleared to practice until training camp late next month.
"Morris has done a really good job of staying engaged, as engaged as he can in this process where he hasn't been able to practice," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "He's locked in on the meetings. Sometimes you'll see him out on the practice field, literally the quarterback is walking up the line saying you've got 12 guys out there. Well, the 12th guy is Claiborne over there, shadowing the corner, over there where he would play. He can't line up and practice against anybody because of his wrist, but he's going about it the right way, and he's really trying to get as much out of this experience as he can. Once he gets back going again, there's going to be a huge transition for him. But all you can do is go about it the right way, approach it the right, be as prepared as you can for your opportunities, and he's been doing that."
Safety Gerald Sensabaugh also stood on the sideline during practice, out with a sore knee.
"His knee was acting up on him a little bit," Garrett said. "I don't think it's anything serious."
Linebacker Dan Connor (shoulder), defensive end Marcus Spears (neck), defensive lineman Sean Lissemore (side), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (foot) and running back Felix Jones (shoulder) also were among those missing at Wednesday's practice. The Cowboys have their final OTA practice Thursday before a mandatory minicamp next week.
-- Brent Shirley