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August 11, 2012

Claiborne works out in pads, says he can "turn and run" and swelling gone in knee

Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne went through his first practice in pads this afternoon since spraining his left knee last week. Claiborne wore a sleeve on the knee and coaches limited his reps. But Claiborne said he felt like he “could move around” and called it “a great day for me.”

“I felt like I could turn and run,” said Claiborne, whose lateral movement had been limited by the injury. “All the swelling is gone. I’m feeling good.”

Claiborne said he was aware of comments made by Stephen Jones, the Cowboys’ director of player personnel, saying he was anxious to see the team’s top pick back in action.

“I understand where he’s coming from ... I felt that way myself,” said Claiborne, adding he did not speak with Jones before returning to today’s practice. “Any time you put that much money into somebody to go out and play, you want them on the field playing. I understand exactly where he’s coming from.”

Coach Jason Garrett said he does not anticipate having Claiborne in the lineup for Monday’s game at Oakland. At this point, team trainers are targeting the second pre-season game, Aug. 18 at San Diego, for Claiborne’s debut.

_ Jimmy Burch

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